Welcome to The Final Cockdown’s Tight Ends week! We go down the depth chart and take a look at a particularly deep position group for SC this season. Here’s a list of who you can expect to read about in the coming days:
Hayden Hurst | KC Crosby | Keil Pollard | Jacob August | Evan Hinson | Kyle Markaway | Will Register
#81 Hayden Hurst
Junior / 6’5’’ / 253 / Jacksonville, Fla. / The Bolles School
Coming out of high school football wasn’t supposed to be in Hayden Hurst’s future. In 2012 he turned down a baseball scholarship at Florida State and headed straight to Branden, Fla. to join the GCL Pirates as a 17th round pick in the MLB Draft.
However after a few years toiling in Pittsburgh’s farm system, Hurst decided to hang up his cleats and enroll at the University of South Carolina. He would earn a spot on the 2015 team as a walk-on where he’d make a few splash plays during a woeful offensive season.
But as 2016 rolled along Hurst slowly developed into a dangerous weapon for Jake Bentley and started to find his way in Kurt Ropers’ offense. Now in his junior season Hurst looks primed for a breakout season and possibly skip his senior season for a career in the NFL at 23 years old.
2016 stats: 48 catches, 616 yards, TD
Recruitment: 113th ranked baseball prospect out of HS; Had offers from North Carolina, Miami and Florida State. Signed with FSU on Nov. 9, 2011.
Selected highlight: Everything that Hurst does well can be found in this one score against South Florida:
Up next: KC Crosby, a sneaky red zone threat who can be used a number of way by Kurt Roper