One on One: Maurice Hurst Jr. ‘13 - Defensive Line - Xaverian (MA) - Football
Posted: November 17 2011
Maurice Hurst Jr. '13 has had a breakout season at Defensive Tackle for Xaverian High School (MA). X has been blessed with many talented Division 1 athletes over the years with Matt and Tim Hasselbeack, and Greg Comella to name a few. With continued improvement and production Hurst has the potential to go down as one of the better defensive players to grace the Westwood campus.
Only a junior, the 6-foot-2 275 pound Hust continues to develop and work on his game as he competes in the competitive Catholic Conference.
With a Thanksgiving game at St. John's Prep looming on Thursday we caught up with Hurst in our most recent One-on-One.
Can you talk about your improvement and development from your freshman year to your breakout junior season?
MH: Freshman year I showed signs that I could start for Xaverian because of my quickness off the ball. The upperclassman who were on the team that year had won the Super Bowl the previous year and had really pushed me to hit the weights. Chris Tamasi, who I played pop Warner with when I was in 6th grade, was especially influential.
Another thing that really helped me with my development was coach Lozzi. I believe that he is the best Line coach in the Massachusetts. He played for the team that won the national title so he knows a lot about what to do to become a collegiate athlete.
When did you begin playing football and can you talk about early influences in the game and your experiences growing up with football?
MH: I began playing football when I was seven and my cousins were a really big influence in me playing. I used to go to all of their practices and then do sprints with them when they were done. I also was their water boy in high school so I really got to see what the atmosphere was like before I played in it
What do you consider your biggest strength as a football player and something that you need to continue to work on?
MH: My biggest strength as a football player would have to be my first step.
I need to work on everything but especially my conditioning, which is something I am going to work really hard on so I can play both ways next year. Another thing that I need to work on is my pad level. Sometimes my body is too upright and colleges do not like to see that
You have been getting your share of carries at running back lately. Can you talk about playing offense, running the ball and how it compares to playing on the dline?
MH: I have never been a runner, not even in Pop Warner. My first touchdown on offense was scored this year. Running the ball can be compared to defense because you need to explode and your feet always have to be moving the same way as it is on the dline. I believe I can make a huge impact on offense next year with Hunter Taute.
Talk about your off season? Do you play any other sports and what do you do to prepare for the season over the summer and winter?
MH: This winter I will be working out with my teammates and going to get as much help as I can from trainers with how to get faster and how to do well at combines over the summer.
Who are you hearing from most from at this point in the recruiting process?
MH: At this point in the recruiting process I have been hearing from Wisconsin, Boston College, Penn State, Purdue, UConn, Maryland, and Syracuse. I already took visits to BC and UConn this year and was unable to make trips to the others because of distance or schedule conflicts.
You guys play arguably the best schedule in the state. Can you talk about the task of getting up for a quality program every week?
MH: We have played against some really good kids this year and I have had the chance to go up against many D1 linemen. I love it. I am not going to lie, if I get beat I am going to be mad. It is just going to push me to work harder in practice and in the offseason.
What do you enjoy doing off the field?
MH: Off the field I love hanging with my teammates and watching football with my family. One of my hobbies would have to be video games and card collecting.
Tell us something that most people do not know about you?
MH: Most people do not know that when I was younger from first grade until about fifth grade I took tap dancing and I really believe that it helped me with my foot work on the football field.