November 13, 2008

Smooth transition for Hursey

Safety Don Hursey made the decision to transfer to Washington (D.C.) H. D. Woodson over the summer for several reasons. So far he hasn't regretted making the move.

First and foremost, transferring to Woodson gave Hursey the opportunity to attend school and play football with his cousin, Sherrard Harrington. Harrington spent some time at Friendship Collegiate Academy this year before returning to Woodson, where he had previously been.

"Things are going good," Hursey said. "I like it over at H. D. Woodson. We have a real good group of guys and a great coaching staff. Coach Wayne Johnson is pushing my name out there even more.

"I'm hearing from a lot of schools, like Maryland, Rutgers, Pitt, Virginia, NC State, UCLA, Georgia, West Virginia, Nebraska, Boston College, Stanford, Notre Dame, Oregon and Duke.

"A lot of the schools are telling me once I send in my highlights they're going to offer me when the season is over."

On the year Hursey had 50 tackles, three interceptions and eight pass break-ups.

"I've improved a lot under my coaching staff. I've been getting my speed up and learning the offensive system so I can be on both sides of the ball next year.

"My team is really doing good now. We bounced back from a lot of tough out of town losses and came back in the league and went undefeated. We're the top team in D.C. right now going into our first playoff game this week against Coolidge. If we win that we have Dunbar in the championship."

While finishing the season strong is Hursey's top priority he has also put a lot of thought into the recruiting process. His move to Woodson has given him more exposure than he had before, and he has also been proactive in searching out information about the schools he is interested in.

"I've been to Maryland's game and I missed my trips to Rutgers and Pitt. I really like those schools and the coaches at those schools like me.

"I would really like to hear from Virginia Tech at this point. My top schools are Maryland, Rutgers, Pitt, Virginia, NC State, Boston College, West Virginia and UCLA."

At 5-foot-10 and 185-pounds, Hursey runs the 40-yard dash in 4.54 seconds.

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