I don't take anything for granted these days and I'm going to outwork the next guy. Many historical player head shots courtesy of David Davis. All Rights Reserved. "I said he was a baseball player.". Hurst didn't fail in baseball for a lack of hard work. All he ever wanted to be was a Gator, but y'all didn't want him,'" Fagan said. After seeing that last bullpen and how I was all over the place and all the work I put in, I was like, 'Yeah, it's time.'". While he's not locked into any one team, Hurst would love the opportunity to play opposite Olsen. He reached a low in June 2014 when he wrote, "I do not know why but I feel as though everything has gone to s---.". Rounds 4-7: Sat., noon, ESPN/ABC/ESPN App "To be able to learn from him, a potential Hall of Fame tight end, in my opinion that would be huge for my career," Hurst said. Hurst batted.245 in 53 at-bats in low-A ball, but also struck out an impressive 26 times. (0:33). Spurrier played Hurst in the slot during the 2015 season just to get him on the field. Hurst knew then that his baseball career was over. The Pirates didn't allow it either. ", "The kid did absolutely everything he could to piece things back together," Elarton said. Next week's draft party will consist of his parents, sister and agent, Hadley Engelhard. "And even when there was a little promise, as soon as we'd get towards the pitcher's mound that's when everything would fall apart again. "Whatever team takes him, they're going to be happy.". in Jacksonville, FL Fagan recalled of Nussmeier pointing at Hurst. He also likes the off-the-field philanthropy work done by Olsen, a finalist for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award the past two years. He visited with the Gators and was disappointed when they told him they didn't have room for him. Some high school data is courtesy David McWater. 24 pick would have a hard time passing on a player who could be a long-term replacement for 33-year-old Pro Bowler Greg Olsen, who is entering the final year of his contract. I don't take anything for granted these days and I'm going to outwork the next guy. After attempting to rehab through the 2013 and 2014 seasons, Hayden retired from baseball in 2015 to pursue a football career. He's a Gamecock. "Growing up everybody always told me I was a football player playing baseball," he said. His red hair is long and wavy, down below his shoulders, instead of shaved like it was until he was 19. "But it's going to be a lot of emotions because I've been through a lot. He just has that competitive edge that really good players have. We've got to get him on the field and let him do something.'". "They just say, 'Wow!'" "He said, 'Who in the hell is that big-ass kid?'" Baseball also taught him not to have a big draft party because he went from expectations of being an early-round pick to the 17th round, although the $400,000 signing bonus he got from the Pirates was far more than others in the lower rounds received. "He's had to chase a ton of adversity, so whoever is getting him is getting a heck of a product. Many thanks to him. All but eight of those receptions came during his final two seasons after moving to tight end, where he was a first-team All-SEC selection in 2017. So he's right where he's meant to be and it's fun to watch.". Hurst's age also works to his advantage. He's not being cocky. I don't back down from anything. He's a catch-and-run guy. "He's had a smile on his face, and I didn't see much of that before. In many ways, Hurst says he believes this is what he was meant to do. 1B Hayden Hurst assigned to GCL Pirates from West Virginia Power. Hurst's age also works to his advantage. "It just wasn't going to happen.". "It just correlates with football. "That experience wasn't the greatest in baseball, sitting by the TV hearing guys get called before me that I thought I was better than," Hurst said. He couldn't overcome the yips that had plagued him for three years. Of the multitude of teams that have called Muschamp to inquire about Hurst, many haven't bothered to ask questions. All he ever wanted to be was a Gator, but y'all didn't want him,'" Fagan said. "He caught a slant and went  yards," he recalled. "I'm hoping in a week things will be different for me.". If Hurst had to write a post in his journal now, it wouldn't include the negative thoughts that haunted him in baseball. I don't think people understand the extent of what I went through. There was just no progress. • McShay's final Mock Draft: 1-32 » Hurst didn't fail in baseball for a lack of hard work.
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