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Scouting Report, Video Highlights and Predictions for Tennessee RB Jalen Hurd

Edwin WeathersbyAnalyst INovember 12, 2016

Scouting Report, Video Highlights and Predictions for Tennessee RB Jalen Hurd

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    Tennessee has the No. 3 class in the 247Sports recruiting rankings, and much of that is thanks to boasting a commitment from 5-star athlete Jalen Hurd of Beech High School in Tennessee.

    Hurd is a versatile player who projects to several different positions in college. His size, speed and deceptive skill set make him one of the most intriguing recruits in the 2014 class. The Vols and their fans will fall in love with him immediately after arriving in Knoxville. 

    Hurd's great talent, monster junior season and bright future warrant a closer look before he heads to Rocky Top. 

    Player evaluations are based on review of tape at Scout.comRivals247Sports and ESPNU.

Who Is Jalen Hurd?

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    Hurd is a decorated player who was named Mr. Football in the state of Tennessee in 2012 after rushing for 3,357 yards and 43 touchdowns as a junior, which firmly put him on the national radar. 

    The elite athlete can play running back, H-Back, receiver, safety and linebacker. He is the clear-cut headliner of Tennessee's class.

    Hurd, who was invited to The Opening, a prestigious invitation-only summer camp held by NIKE, will play in the 2014 U.S. Army All-American Bowl that will take place in January.

    He is 21st in the Rivals 250, 30th in the 247Sports composite rankings, 39th in the ESPNU 150 and 74th in the Scout 300.

Jalen Hurd's Scouting Report: Strengths

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    Hurd is a physically imposing prospect immediately on the hoof at 6'3" and 220 pounds. However, he runs with more speed and quickness than pure power and strength.

    Hurd exploits alleys by shooting through holes with a good burst to quickly arrive on the second level. Hurd possesses adequate vision and instincts, is a disciplined decision-maker and has the potential to break a tackle or two in college. He is an elusive runner who prefers to sharply cut to dodge defenders. 

    Once Hurd clears the line of scrimmage, he has the wiggle to get around linebackers and the speed to pull away from defensive backs. He does not get caught from behind often in the open field.

    He can impact the passing game due to his great ball skills, speed and ability to create separation when breaking out of his routes. Hurd's running back skills allow him to be dangerous after the catch.

Jalen Hurd's Scouting Report: Weaknesses

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    Hurd has great size, but he does not run as big as he should.

    He can be too elusive at times, and he must realize that he does possess the strength to challenge defenders more consistently at the point of attack.

    As with many taller running backs, Hurd has an upright running style and must work on lowering his pad level when slashing through creases.

    If not, SEC defensive players are going to have a field day delivering big hits to Hurd's exposed body.

     

Jalen Hurd's Full Ride Mixtape

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    This is a mix-tape of highlights from Hurd's excellent junior seasons put together by Bleacher Report's Full Ride team.

    In several plays during this clip, Hurd's outstanding ball skills are on full display. However, his lack of consistently challenging defenders at the point of attack also can be seen frequently.

Jalen Hurd's Junior Season Highlights

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    On the very first play of this highlight reel is an outstanding example of Hurd displays impressive quickness to and through the hole.

    His natural receiving skills can be seen at 0:58. Watch how Hurd's running back skill set, elusiveness and acceleration take over and allow him to make a big play.

    At 6:24 and 6:56, Hurd finally shows off an attacking, physical and power running style that he must possess on a more consistent basis. Adding more runs like these to his game will make him a complete running back at Tennessee.

Jalen Hurd's 2013 NIKE Football Training Camp Highlights

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    Hurd traveled to Columbus in early June to participate in the NIKE Football Training Camp, where his speed, athleticism, quickness and hands helped him win the running back MVP award, per Simone Scott of Scout.com.

    The following is a short clip of Hurd running routes from the backfield and cleanly catching the football.

     

Predictions

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    Hurd is going to make an instant impact for Tennessee as a running back. He will rush for more than 1,000 yards at least twice in his career, but he also will approach the 100-catch mark for his career before he leaves Knoxville.

    Do not be shocked if he weighs 235 pounds during his junior season, on his way to becoming an All-SEC running back and potential Offensive Player of the Year.

    He will also be a team captain. 

2014 Bleacher Report College Football Recruiting Heat Map

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    Hurd is located on the 2014 Bleacher Report College Football Recruiting Heat Map. This mobile-ready tool can serve as a valuable resource for locating college football recruits throughout the 2014 recruiting cycle!

     

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