February 9, 2009

Hurst to visit Starkville this weekend

Possibly the nation's top offensive lineman for the class of 2010 will be on the Mississippi State campus this weekend.

James Hurst, a 6-foot-5, 275-pounder from Indianapolis, Ind., won't be able to come down for the Bulldogs junior day at the end of the month but hopes to have an opportunity to meet with head coach Dan Mullen on his trip down.

"This weekend we are going to be having a four-day break so I'm coming down with my family and one of my friends," Hurst said. "We are going to hang out with my brother (MSU tight end Nelson Hurst) and I am going to try and talk to some of the coaches while I am down there.

Hurst mentioned that he has not had the chance to talk with Mullen but followed the Bulldog coaching search following the 2008 season.

"I followed it pretty close," Hurst said. "Not only is it a school that is recruiting me but it's my brother's school so I wanted to know what was going to happen. I saw they had gotten Coach Mullen. I don't really know too much yet about what they are going to run but it's going to be exciting to see what he can do."

Even while living in the heart of Big Ten country, Hurst grew up watching the Southeastern Conference where his father Tim was a standout at Alabama under legendary head coach Paul "Bear" Bryant. It is that familiarity with the SEC that he has heard about the reputation of Mullen while running the offense at Florida.

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