2014 athlete Hurd camps, has Tide on top

The University of Alabama’s second prospect camp of the summer has been highlighted by the 2014 recruiting class, and Hendersonville, Tenn., athlete Jalen Hurd was one of the top players in his class to compete.

“The camp went great,” Hurd said. “It was a little difficult, but I got in shape and got my running technique a lot better. I had a good time.”

At the camp, the 6-foot-3, 210-pound Hurd worked out exclusively at running back, but when he met with Nick Saban in his office, the Crimson Tide head coach told him they were still recruiting him as an athlete.

“It went great,” Hurd said of his meeting with Saban. “He was just talking about the program, how I would fit in their program, the history and the success. It was a great meeting, and I had a good time.

“He said they were recruiting me as an athlete, and I could come in and play wherever I want to. If they don’t see me there, they’ll move me to where the team needs me.”

Hurd, who was on campus Sunday and Monday, also had the opportunity to tour Alabama’s campus and check out the facilities. He had been to Tuscaloosa once before for the Tide’s spring game in April.

“I toured around the athletic facilities a little bit,” Hurd said. “The weight room is insane. I love the strength and conditioning coach, Coach [Scott] Cochran. He always gets everyone pumped, so that’s good.”

The Tennessee native already has 10 scholarship offers but says his top schools are currently Alabama, Ohio State, Ole Miss and Vanderbilt. Of those four, Alabama holds a slight edge as he heads into his junior season.

“They’re coming off a national championship title,” Hurd said. “I know that they have success there, not that any other team doesn’t, but they have proven themselves a lot. They have the No. 2 graduation rate in college right now, and they have the most success in sending their players to the NFL.”

Hurd is hoping to land an offer from Florida in the near future.