For those of you ready to start rioting in the streets of Ann Arbor because Michigan hadn't picked up a recruit in an unfathomable 24 days, you can put down the torch and pitchfork because Michigan landed recruit number 19 today, in what was a very unsurprising turn of events.
Maurice Hurst Jr., welcome to the Michigan family.
Hurst Jr. is currently a borderline four-star defensive tackle out of Westwood, Massachusetts (three-star and the 30th overall DT to Rivals, four-star and the 23rd overall DT to Scout). The sites are pretty consistent on height (6'2) but his weight is listed between 275 and 285.
Michigan looks to be getting a potential steal with Hurst Jr., as he has recently begun to receive more recruiting attention and holds an impressive offer sheet with luminaries such as Ohio State, Michigan State, Nebraska, as well as strong academic programs such as Virginia, Vanderbilt, UNC, and Boston College (he has stressed that academics were a very important part of his recruitment).
Hurst Jr. committed on an unofficial visit to Michigan today, and has had this visit planned for a couple weeks now. When Tremendous spoke to Hurst Jr. the DT was very clear that this trip could end with a commitment. While there was some scuttlebutt about him visiting Michigan State this weekend as well, Hurst Jr. took the Patrick Kugler route and jumped on his chance to join the Wolverines' stellar 2013 class.
Hurst Jr. is coming in as a 3-tech defensive tackle and looks to be a very solid pickup. Michigan will most likely take another defensive lineman in this class (hello Henry Poggi) and fill the rest out with a top-flight WR, and the best available recruits after that.
More on Hurst Jr. from DGDestroys this week.