Butch Jones landed the highest-rated recruit in his short tenure at Tennessee, as running back Jalen Hurd verbally committed to the Volunteers on Thursday morning.
The 6-3, 222-pound Class of 2014 product from Beech Senior High School (Hendersonville, TN) announced his decision on Twitter just as the Vols were getting ready for another spring practice session.
Hurd, who had also strongly pondered heading to Ohio State and Florida before deciding to go to Rocky Top, is considered a five- or four-star talent on every major recruiting site, so he is regarded as one of the best running backs in the country. He broke the state of Tennessee's single-season record for rushing yards in 2012 with 3,357 yards and 43 touchdowns despite missing the equivalent of nearly three full games. He finished an astounding junior campaign with a 394-yard, seven-touchdown effort in a state championship victory.
The Tennessee native is the fifth player in the Vols' 2014 class and the fourth player to verbally commit in the last week. He plans to be an early enrollee at Tennessee after graduating in December.