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March 2013 - Signing Day Edition

The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

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football recruiting issue Maurice Hurst Jr. Turns Heads With His Athleticism Charlie Stevenson always smiled to himself when it happened. Coaches from the host of schools recruiting 6-2, 305-pound defensive tackle Maurice Hurst Jr. never failed to react to the deviation in the big bruiser���s game film. They���d be watching Hurst pound away in the trenches, muscling up on overmatched offensive linemen and clearing the way for runners at Xaverian Brothers High School. Then they���d reach the part where Hurst himself did the running, including a 75-yard breakaway touchdown rumble. Invariably, Stevenson heard about it. ���He���s making cuts back, carrying people into the end zone,��� Stevenson said with a chuckle. ���Everybody looks and goes, ���What the hell is that?��� ���I���m like, ���Are you recruiting him as a running back?��� They���d say, ���No, but we don���t have any defensive tackles for us that can do that.��� It was funny how it came up. He showed everybody his athleticism, and that���s one of his big strengths. He���s big, he���s strong, he���s physical, but people Hurst is a 6-2, 305-pound defensive tackle, but he once had a 75-yard rushing touchdown in high school. photo courtesy

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