Hurst Takes An Unofficial Visit to Notre Dame

Hurst already has eight scholarship offers.

This summer James Hurst earned a Notre Dame scholarship offer after performing well at an Irish football camp. On Saturday, the offensive tackle from Plainfield, Ind., took in his first Notre Dame game.

James Hurst made the unofficial visit with his parents.

"It was awesome," Hurst said. The Irish beat Purdue, 38-21. "It was a great atmosphere, perfect weather, a perfect day to go to a football game.

"The campus is amazing. I love their coaches. They've got a good football team, and they're getting better every game. I love it. We sat right in front of their student section and that was awesome."

Recruiting is starting to pick up for the class-of-2010 prospect. On Friday, Kentucky offered the 6-foot-5, 275-pound Hurst a scholarship, joining the Irish, Indiana, Purdue, Duke, North Carolina, Stanford and Mississippi State, where his older brother plays.

Hurst and his folks arrived in South Bend late morning.

"We met at the athletic center and had lunch, and hung out with the coaches. Then they took us on a tour of the center and then we walked over to the field, and then we watched warm-ups and talked to other recruits and then watched the game."

Martin talked with Notre Dame verbal commit Zach Martin, who is from nearby Indianapolis.

"I was talking to him for about five or 10 minutes about the whole recruiting process and why he chose Notre Dame over his other top schools.

"He told me in the end the education part of it was a big deal. He likes all the coaches. He said he fit in well there and he hung out with a couple players like Braxston Cave. He told me a week later he committed because of the time he had, and it was the right place for him."

Hurst made sure to play close attention to the Irish's offensive line play.

"They played pretty well," Hurst said. "I know they had only one sack on them which is awesome especially with how many times they threw the ball. And they started out slow running the ball, but they could do whatever they needed at the end of game."

Hurst got a lot of one-on-one time with Notre Dame offensive line coach John Latina.

"It was kind of a question-answer thing," Hurst explained. "We were asking him questions about the campus and how they do the dorms. He was telling me I'm important and he'd love to have me and stuff like that."

Following the game, Hurst and the other recruits in attendance got to go in the Notre Dame locker room.

"It was cool," Hurst said. "That's the first time I've ever seen their stadium locker room and that was awesome. The players were hyped after the win and a couple came and introduced themselves to the recruits that were there."

Hurst has already attended a Purdue game this season, and plans on watching his brother play at Mississippi State at some point. Other than that, he doesn't have any other unofficial visits scheduled.

Though it's early in the recruiting process for Hurst, the Irish moved up on Saturday.

"I think a little bit," Hurst said. "I finally got to see everything, and not bits and pieces of it. Everything they have to offer is good so yeah."

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