One time USC commitment DB Jaire Alexander of Louisville announced today he will enter the NFL Draft early and will not play with the Cardinals in their bowl game. Around the country a handful of players have opted to do the same. Not the case with USC TE Hayden Hurst. He made it clear Thursday in a media session he always intended to play in the Outback Bowl even after deciding to leave early.
Hurst came to USC as a walk-on after a two year stint in the minor leagues with the Pirates trying to make it as a pitcher. This season he is second on the team in receptions with 41 for 518 yards and 2 touchdowns. He is projected to be among the first tight ends taken in the draft, if not the first.
USC TE Hayden Hurst talks with the media Thursday at Williams-Brice Stadium