At Lakewood (Ohio) St. Edwards, Kyle Shurmur didn't play varsity football. At Wyndmoor (Pa.) La Salle, he did. College coaches are quickly taking notice to the difference, and seeing his talent after a strong junior season.
The class of 2015 quarterback added two new offers – Pittsburgh and Illinois – to his ledger last Friday, bringing the total to three for the son of Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur.
"I talked to [Pittsburgh quarterbacks coach Brooks] Bollinger and [Pittsburgh offensive line coach Jim] Hueber, and they said they'd like to get to know me a little bit better and have me up to campus for a junior day or a visit," Kyle Shurmur said. "They said they liked my film, and I plan to look into them."
"I've always wanted to play college football and football at the highest level, and it meant a lot to me and my parents to get that offer. It was real exciting."
At Illinois, the signal caller spoke with Fighting Illini offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Bill Cubit, who informed him the program had whittled its list of junior quarterbacks to just a few to offer, and he was one of them.
The offer carried some weight with it, as the elder Shurmur, a Michigan State alum, has long exposed his son to the Big Ten conference.
"[Cubit] said he liked the way I play, and that he liked the way I made decisions," Kyle Shurmur said. "My dad is a big supporter of the of the Big Ten, so I've been familiar with Big Ten teams and stuff like that, so it was pretty cool and exciting."
Though either has yet to offer, Illinois' is joined in showing the quarterback interest by conference brethren Ohio State and Penn State after he tossed for 1,143 yards, 11 touchdowns, and six interceptions during his junior year.
Of course, the Lions are now led by former Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin. The Commodores had shown limited interest, but Penn State defensive coordinator Bob Shoop made a stop at La Salle last week to learn more about what Shurmur has to offer.
"I've heard nothing but great things about them," Kyle Shurmer said of Franklin and Shoop. "My dad, he's been in the whole coaching realm for awhile, and he said the same thing, that he's heard nothing but great things about them.
"Shoop seems like a great guy; very sincere and energetic. He seemed like a good coach and someone that does well with developing relationships."
The quarterback has yet to plan any winter or spring visits.
"Absolutely academics," Kyle Shurmur said when asked what was most important in a school. "That's real important: if you get hurt and can't ever play football again, you want to be at a good school with a good environment and good education.
"I also want to go to a school I get a good vibe from."