Player grows into prospect

2013 DT Hurst goes from wiry 5-9 freshman to 6-2, 290-pound beast

Updated: June 1, 2012, 11:21 AM ET
By Chantel Jennings | WolverineNation
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- As a member of the Westwood (Mass.) Xaverian Brothers High School freshman football team, Maurice Hurst Jr. was easily overlooked. He seemed like every other 5-foot-9 hopeful, even though he carried the name and genetics of former New England Patriots cornerback Maurice Hurst.

"I thought that maybe I could play at a high level, but I wasn't big, I wasn't developed, I wasn't as strong as all the other kids," Hurst Jr. said. "Especially my freshman year, I really didn't know if I could be a Division I football player."

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Brendan Hall for ESPN.comMaurice Hurst Jr. (11) is establishing himself as one of the natino's premier interior defensive linemen.
Xaverian Brothers varsity football coach Charlie Stevenson remembered Hurst Jr. as "undersized, but put together pretty well, and still a bit pudgy." But what stood out to him were Hurst Jr.'s eagerness to hit and his attitude.

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