Four-star recruit Jalen Hurd chose the Tennessee Volunteers as his college destination on Thursday. A member of the class of 2014, Hurd is opting to remain in his home state to play for the Volunteers.
I really wanted to go to UT,” Hurd said. “Last year, they weren’t in such a good position for me to go there, but with Coach (Butch) Jones and the new staff, I think it’s the best place for me to go.”
Hurd was able to make the decision after visiting Tennessee for a recent game against Kentucky where he was able to spend some time with coach Butch Jones.
“I got to spend about four or five hours each day with Coach Jones, meeting his family and getting to know him,” Hurd said. “He is such a genuine person, and I feel like I’ve developed a good relationship with him and the coaching staff.”
While the likes of Florida and Ohio State had been trying to secure Hurd’s commitment as well, Tennessee recruits Vic Wharton and Todd Kelly had been doing their own work trying to get Hurd to join the Volunteers.
“Knowing that I’m going to have such great teammates as those guys at the next level is exciting,” Hurd said. “But they didn’t have to convince me. I pretty much knew that I was going to go to Knoxville.”
Hurd will be an early enrollee at Tennessee, a move the highly touted running back hopes acclimatize him to the college life.