KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WRCB) -- Butch Jones said earlier this week his University of Tennessee football team was gaining momentum on its road back to national relevance and was ready to "wake up."
The first-year coach's words were backed up Thursday morning by the biggest recruiting commitment of his brief Rocky Top tenure.
Jalen Hurd, a 5-star in-state running back from Beech High School, announced on Twitter he has verbally committed to Tennessee.
The 2012 Mr. Football Class AAA Back of the Year told The Tennessean he was also considering Ohio State and Florida, but said he is excited about what Jones has brought to the Vols in only a short period of time.
Hurd joins 4-star Knox Webb defensive back Todd Kelly, Jr., who committed earlier this week, to give UT a pair of top-100 in-state recruiting commitments in the last seven days.
The 6-foot-3, 230-pound Hurd is rated as the No. 14 overall player and No. 3 running back in the country in the Class of 2014 by 247Sports' composite rankings, which combines the scores of all major scouting services.
He rushed for 3,357 yards and 43 touchdowns as a junior last fall, leading Beech to the Class 5A state championship. In the title game against Columbia Central in Cookeville, Hurd set BlueCross Bowl single-game records with 394 yards rushing and seven touchdowns.