Xaverian defensive tackle Maurice Hurst Jr. has verbally committed to the University of Michigan for the fall of 2013, he announced this afternoon on Twitter.
"Committed to playing football at the University of Michigan!" he wrote in a post on his Twitter account.
The 6-foot-2, 290-pound Hurst, a Canton resident, is widely considered the state's top college prospect on the defensive side of the ball. He is ranked the No. 34 overall defensive tackle prospect in the nation by ESPN, as well as the No. 2 overall prospect in Massachusetts.
Last fall, Hurst was named to ESPN Boston's MIAA All-State Team as a defensive lineman after finishing the season with 61 tackles, including 13.5 tackles for loss and seven sacks. He also racked up 200 yards rushing in a win over St. John's of Shrewsbury, including a memorable 75-yard touchdown run.
Hurst attended Ohio State's spring game in April, and had also made unofficial visits to Virginia, North Carolina, Duke and NC State. As last month's Massachusetts High School Football Coaches Association (MHSFCA) combine at Gillette Stadium, Hurst told ESPNBoston.com he would make his decision after visiting both Michigan and Michigan State. He visited East Lansing yesterday, and is on campus in Ann Arbor today.