Anytime you're going against the Alabama Crimson Tide in college football you're going to be at a disadvantage, and that includes trying to beat them out in recruiting. That's exactly the position the Georgia Bulldogs are in right now when it comes to recruiting 5-star 2014 running back Jalen Hurd.
Hurd is going to be an incredible back in college football. He's got great size at 6' 2.5'', 210 pounds and he's a pure athlete. He can play all over the field, but due to his athleticism and natural football instincts, it's safe to say that he can become an elite running back at the next level.
He currently has Alabama on top of his offer and commit list, but recently another team has made an offer that he appears to be quite interested in: The Georgia Bulldogs.
According to Barton Simmons of 247Sports.com, Hurd really likes Georgia's track record with running backs:
Lately, Hurd’s current leader of Alabama has been joined by Ohio State, Florida and a recent offer of Georgia as the schools he has been most interested in. The Georgia offer caught his attention due to the recent history of producing running backs.
“Georgia has just recently offered me,” he said. “I know they have a great tradition of backs and they have six backs playing in the NFL right now so that means a lot for a guy trying to play running back at the next level and looking for that success.”
As I said earlier, anytime you're going against Alabama in college football you're going to be at a disadvantage, but if there's a program that may have a chance to sway the 5-star back away from the Crimson Tide, it's Georgia.
Both programs have put elite backs into the NFL, and both programs utilize multiple backs during the course of the game. That's something Hurd also said that he's looking for according to Simmons' report.
Georgia just got two 100-plus yard, one touchdown each performances from their two freshmen running backs Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall this past weekend, and Alabama freshman back T.J. Yeldon has just as many carries as Junior Eddie Lacy with 30 apiece on the season.
While Alabama is undoubtedly the best team in the nation, the Bulldogs are a top-five program right now and play in the SEC East Division, which means they wouldn't have to play powerhouses LSU or 'Bama until the SEC championship game. They are in arguably the weaker of the two SEC Divisions, thus they have a better chance of competing for the conference title, and perhaps even the national title.
Pretend you are a 5-star RB prospect. Where do you go?
For every reason you could give an elite running back recruit to choose Alabama, you can give them just as many reasons to give Georgia a chance.
Those of us who have become familiar with Alabama's dominance as of late know how bold and telling that statement is.If the Bulldogs can have a big season here in 2012 and continue to establish their running game into 2013, that could be all Hurd needs to sway him over.
Georgia would be a great option for Hurd, and they have a very strong chance to beat out Alabama for the 5-star 2014 running back.