January 14, 2008

Flashes clear a Hurdle

With many 2007 starters returning next season, Kent State expected to have a small recruiting class in 2008. But, one position the Golden Flashes expect to recruit each year is quarterback and last week KSU added a talented one in Matthew Hurdle, a 6-foot-3, 180-pounder from Highland Springs, Va.

"I made the decision to go to Kent State," Hurdle said. "I liked the atmosphere and what they had to offer regarding the education. I liked the coaches and the players. I committed Thursday night."

Hurdle, who was named the Capital District Offensive Player of the Year, threw for over 2,300 yards and 28 touchdowns to only four interceptions as a senior. He added over 400 rushing yards.

"I can get it done with my legs if I have to, but my first option is to throw the ball," he said. "My strength is coming to the line and reading coverages-whether the defense is in man or zone; whatever."

A three-year starter, the left-handed signal caller doesn't plan to waste any time at Kent State.

"They said if I come in and work hard I'd have a chance to play right away," he said. "They said they'd play the best and of course I'm going to try and start. Competition is good; it makes me work even harder."

Last month Hurdle made an official visit to Kent State and came away impressed with the campus setting.

"It was great," he said. "The campus was big, but it was nice-almost like a high school campus."

Hurdle led Highland Springs to an undefeated regular season in 2007, but something went wrong in the first round of the playoffs as they lost, 21-20.

"I don't know what happened," he said. "Everything was working but it just didn't go our way."

Hurdle chose the Golden Flashes over offers from Ohio University and Youngstown State. Virginia Tech, Virginia, Connecticut and South Florida also had shown plenty of interest.

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