I’d like to announce my commitment to the University of Texas! Hook em pic.twitter.com/lMOBWUnGkn— Charlie Hurley (@charliehurley21) July 12, 2022
The 6’8, 218-pounder from Sacramento profiles as an important addition to the Texas pitching staff after serving as the Sunday starter for USC in 2022 as a sophomore — he could occupy the same role for the Longhorns in 2023.
A top-500 recruit nationally and top-15 right-handed pitcher in California in the 2020 recruiting class, according to Perfect Game, Hurley entered college with a fastball that could reach 93 miles per hour. As a freshman, Hurley worked out of the bullpen for the Trojans, posting an 0-3 record and 4.29 ERA in 21.0 innings over 17 appearances with 19 strikeouts and 14 walks. Hurley moved into the starting rotation in 2022, going 6-2 with a 4.19 ERA and starting in 13 of his 16 appearances. His walk rate decreased as a starter, but so did his strikeout rate, pitching to contact more often with only 45 strikeouts in 73.0 innings.
Prior to a rough finish to the season, Hurley was one of the better pitchers in the Pac-12 and projects as a solid Sunday starter for Texas with the possibility that he could pitch his way into the Saturday role.