October 1, 2011; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Michigan Wolverines defensive coordinator Greg Mattison (left) and Brady Hoke (right) on the sidelines during the game against the Minnesota Golden Gophers at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE

Michigan Football Recruiting -- Maurice Hurst Jr (Defensive Line) -- 2013 Wolverine Verbal Commit -- Profile

Posted at 7:00am — 6/4/2012

Michigan Football Recruiting — Maurice Hurst Jr (Defensive Line) — 2013 Wolverine Verbal Commit — Profile

GBMWolverine readers: Here is a brief overview of recent verbal commitment Maurice Hurst Jr from Xaverian Brothers High School — Westwood, Massachusetts.

Height: 6’2
Weight: 305
Number: 11
Current Position: Defensive Tackle
Future Position: Defensive Tackle
City/State: Westwood, Massachusetts
High School: Xaverian Brothers
Head Coach: Charlie Stevenson
Recruiter: Coach Curt Mallory and Greg Mattison
Committed: 6/2/2012
Top 5 other Offers: Michigan State, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio State, and North Carolina.
Rankings: 24/7: 4-star … ESPN: 3-star … FanSided: 4-star … Rivals: 3-star … Scout: 4-star.
GPA: 3.0
40-Time: 4.88
Vertical: 28.5″
Class: 2013 Michigan Wolverine Recruiting Class (Verbal Commit).

Maurice Hurst Jr. is the son of former Patriot player Maurice Hurst. He lives in Westwood, Massachusetts, a very nice area just south and west of Boston. One way of describing his location is between downtown Boston and the Patriots uber-facility in Foxborough. He attends an outstanding prep high school established by the Xaverian Brothers.


Maurice is a high school defensive tackle capable of playing at least the 1 or 3 technique and maybe anything else coach Hoke and Coach Mattison envision. Maurice features an athletic game, in part possibly because of athletic genes. His father, Maurice, played several years as a defensive player for the Patriots. His weight has been listed at anything from 275 to 300 pounds, but he has the frame to add additional weight. As a junior in high school, Maurice recorded 61 tackles, 9 sacks, and 13.5 tackles for losses. He is a very good student, reporting a 3.0 GPA at a top academic prep school. Maurice commented on being impressed by Michigan’s academic center.


The primary strength of Hurst’s game is his movement skills. Maurice has an excellent 1st step and super quickness. As stated, he shows very good athleticism for a player of his size. Remember, size and quickness can be recruited for the defensive line, but is hard, if not impossible, to develop from average players. Maurice was a good enough athlete to play in the backfield in some packages. His film shows a high motor with sideline-to-sideline playmaking abilities. When Maurice plays with proper leverage he is dominant on film.

Needs work:

Maurice needs to be a bit more consistent with his pad level and he also has a habit of getting too deep and over penetrating. As with most high schoolers, Maurice will need to get stronger. He must be careful though and not gain too much weight and hurt his quickness.

Final Thoughts:

If Maurice was a primary recruit, it can be said Michigan got a solid player. Regardless, Michigan is now on its way to filling one of the teams most pressing needs, talent and depth on the defensive interior. Watch Maurice’s film and one can see disruption and sometimes almost instant chaos. Defensive coaches in college love such a trait, to be fast and athletic enough to cause chaos. Coach Mattison especially loves players that get in the backfield for instant grief. It does not matter at this time whether Maurice plays 0 to a 3-line technique, the coaches will sort this out. Look for Coach Hoke and Coach Mattson to work as a team to develop Maurice into a solid player. With his size and quickness, Maurice could have a monster senior year.

Some may disagree, but Maurice appears to be the type of player that Michigan is attracting as if by magnet. He has scholarship, a respect for universities that value scholarship, and the quality of his teammates is an important factor in college choice. It is pleasing that the future class of 2013 appears to have within a core of solid student-athlete-citizen types.

The woods are less dark and deep, and there are not miles to walk, and this staff does not sleep.

We welcome Maurice Hurst Jr to Michigan and hope he has a successful career on and off the football field as a student-athlete at the University of Michigan. Go Blue!

Red-shirt or play his Freshman Year?

GBMWolverine believes he will likely red-shirt his first year.

Maurice Hurst Jr reminds the GBMWolverine Staff of — Former Michigan Football Player — Will Carr — who played Defensive Tackle.

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