Forty pounds and a strong spring turned Michael Jurgens' recruitment in a different direction, and now the Damascus (Md.) High interior offensive line prospect is staring at a trio of Power 5 offers.
Louisville offered three weeks ago, Rutgers extended one on May 1 and Syracuse followed with one Tuesday. The 6-foot-4, 280-pound Jurgens already held offers from Buffalo, Marshall and several Ivy League schools.
"One thing that is hitting home with coaches is I play lacrosse, and my lacrosse film really helps," said Jurgens, who plays defense. "A lot of schools will see me move there."
Jurgens' offer from Syracuse came a month after he made a trip to campus.
Offensive line coach Mike Lynch watched Jurgens work out and an offer was extended afterward.
"He wanted to come by and see me move," Jurgens said. "I played last season at 240 pounds, and now I'm 280, so he wanted to see me move with the new weight. They said they really liked how I can bend, and my power coming off the ball. They said they like me best for inside, like center."
When Jurgens visited campus in April, he was able to see much of and learn about the school.
"It was nice and their facilities are amazing," he said. "The 'Dome' was awesome, and everything they have for the players there is pretty crazy. I was able to get to meet with the coaches, and have them meet with me, and see if the interest is mutual, and see what I like about it, and what I don't like about it."
Rutgers extended an offer through offensive line coach A.J. Blazek, and the two hit it off.
"That one felt good. It was my first Big Ten offer," Jurgens said. "(Blazek) told me they only offered 15 (offensive) linemen, and it felt good to know I was in that mix. I'm trying to get up there in the summer."
Blazek is in contact with Jurgens a lot.
"He's a good recruiter," Jurgens said. "He sends me a lot of stuff. He keeps track of me. (Monday), they had a quarterback commit in 2018 and he DM'd me and said, 'Now all we need is for you to come and protect him. You're going to love this guy.' He's always keeping tabs with me."
Louisville was the first Power 5 school to offer Jurgens, and he remains in close contact with offensive line coach Mike Summers.
The Cardinals offered Jurgens as a center.
"They came and saw (2020 defensive lineman) Bryan Bresee and offered him on the spot," Jurgens said. "The coach told me they want me for center, and they really want a center in this class, and I guess it really jumped out to him that I could play inside and I know how to snap the ball, and I have experience with it."
Jurgens is yet to visit Louisville, but he is looking forward to a summer visit after watching the Cardinals play a lot in the fall.
"I know they're good," Jurgens said. "I know (of) Lamar Jackson. I watched them a lot because they were on every Sportscenter with Lamar Jackson. I was talking to the coach and their only ACC loss was Clemson, and they lost on a last-second play."