Building a Fortress In Moscow

We knew that January 21st was a key recruiting weekend, and we learned this evening that another prospect who visited that weekend has given the University of Idaho a verbal commitment. Offensive lineman <b>Adam Juratovac</b>, a 6-3, 265 pound prospect out of Palo Alto, California becomes the 21st athlete to verbally commit to Coach Holt and his staff.

From tonight's report by Chris Fetters of Scout.com:

Adam Juratovac, a 6-3.5, 275-pound offensive lineman (center and guard) from Palo Alto (Calif.) Henry M. Gunn, verbally committed to Idaho over an official visit from Nevada and interest from the Ivy League.

Juratovac, a first-team all-league and second-team all-CIF Central Coast Selection, visited Moscow during the January 21st weekend and committed shortly thereafter.

"They have a whole new coaching staff and Coach (Nick) Holt coached at USC. This is the second year that they will all be together and I liked them a lot. I like my position coach, Coach Eck. Also they have a relatively young team. They started 17 true freshmen, so I might be able to get some playing time early."

Adam hit the recruiting circuit heavily this summer, participating in the Berkeley MSL camp, Stanford Nike camp, Adidas UCLA camp, and the USC Lineman Camp. At the USC Camp, Adam was mentioned by Scout.com as one of the Top 6 "Standout" linemen out of 310 participants. At the Berkeley NIKE camp he recorded an impressive 26.5" vertical jump, a 4.80 second shuttle, and a solid 21 reps of 185 pounds.

His list of honors are equally impressive:

- 2nd Team All CIF Central Coast, OL (2004)
- 2nd Team All State Medium School (OL) by CalHiSports.com (2004)
- 1st Team All Santa Clara Valley League, DeAnza Division, OL (2004)
- 2nd Team All S.C.V. League, DeAnza Division, OL (2003)
- Honorable Mention All S.C.V. League, DeAnza Division, OL (2003)

An outstanding football prospect, Adam is a force in the California wrestling community as well. In an article recently published by SiliconValley.com:

The Gunn [High School] heavyweight went 3-0 to capture the Jim Root Classic title at West Valley College on Saturday, and he improved to 15-0 this season. Juratovac, an offensive line football prospect ranked No. 3 in the Central Coast Section by California Wrestler Newsletter, was taken down for the first time this season by Archbishop Mitty's Jason Triggas in the semifinals, but he scored a reversal to switch the momentum. Juratovac said he needs to work most on fitness, to outlast opponents who may be as many as 50 pounds lighter. On Juratovac's improvement from last season, Gunn Coach Chris Horpel said, ``He's in a little bit better condition, makes fewer mistakes and has learned a little bit more wrestling. He's doing all the right things to make it to state.''
Juratovac is currently ranked in the California Central Coast Section by thecaliforniawrestler.com, and is on pace to make a run at the state championships later this spring.

Adam's verbal commitment brings the total number offensive linemen verbally committed to the Idaho program up to 4, joining Billy Bates (6-5, 265), Matt O'Donnell (6-4, 288, reporting as a sophomore), and Kurt Newboles (6-7, 270).

A solid group of linemen indeed.

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