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One of the more interesting prospects in the 2013 class this year is originally from Missouri, moved to Florida and played at Ft. Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas last year, and moved back to St. Louis and will be playing at St. Louis (MO) MICDS for his last two years of high school.
2013 OG/OT Jack Kurzu 6'5" 302 5.4 forty is off to a strong start since arriving back in the Show-Me State. Kurzu is the starting right guard on an MICDS team which was highly ranked in the pre-season, and played one of the more exciting games last Friday to start the season beating Maplewood 38-35.
ShowMeMizzou.com spoke with Kurzu to get his thoughts about being back in Missouri and some recruiting info, as colleges have taken notice already of his abilities.
"I love being back. I loved my time down in Florida, but Missouri is home to me," said Kurzu."Things are going great! We won our first game and I think I did pretty well playing right guard for my team going against a pretty good player in Antar Thompson, who I recorded 4 pancakes against. He was a great player that really brought it each play."
Kurzu is pretty athletic for his size and is a lean 300-pounder. I asked him about his recent success against the rising prospect Thompson, who won a top lineman MVP at Missouri summer camp.
"I just used my technique and got lower then him and used leverage. I have pretty quick feet and that helps,"he said.
Kurzu has the look of a player who will draw a lot of attention from D1 schools as the season goes along. He has already made unofficial visits to schools such as Florida, UCLA,Oklahoma, Troy and Missouri.
I spoke to him about a recent unofficial visit to Missouri that he took.
"The unofficial visit to Missouri was breathtaking," said Kurzu regarding his recent trip to Columbia. " I got to watch some of practice and that was incredible. Me and my family toured the campus, which looked wonderful, and I got to meet the coaches and talk to Coach Pinkel. They are the nicest bunches of coaches and treat you like family."
Kurzu knows something about family and Missouri. The talented young lineman's great-grandfather played basketball at Missouri, and he said that his grandparents met at the Columns while attending Mizzou.
Jack told me that the Missouri coaches will be watching him and keeping in touch this season. He likes the Tigers and has them on a list of about 10 schools of interest right now.
" I know it's early, but Missouri is one of the schools I really like. Right now my top schools would be Mizzou, Florida, Troy, OU,UCLA,Auburn, Miami,Florida State, Stanford and Princeton,"said Kurzu.
One of Kurzu's teammates at MICDS is current Tiger commit Michael Scherer. I wondered if Scherer and Kurzu spoke about Missouri and recruiting.
"Yes, sir. Michael is a good friend. We have talked about Missouri. We are going up there for their home opener against Miami,Ohio."
Florida is another school that holds a special place with Kurzu and he has family ties to.
"My Dad played running back and tight end at Florida when he was in college."
I also asked him about his interest in Troy, which was different from the other schools for the most part on his list.
"My Dad knows coach (Larry) Blakeney and he is a really nice guy. I went down there and I liked what I saw."
Jack described his strengths as being "athletic,quick on his feet" and his ‘intensity" that he brings to the game.
Also a good student, Kurzu has an idea of what he is looking for in a school and what he could possibly major in already.
"I am looking for good academics. Football eventually ends for everyone, so I want a good degree. Right now I think I want to major in sports medicine. I also want a school with a good tradition and a good community."
ShowMeMizzou.com and ShowMePreps.com will continue to follow Jack Kurzu's season and recruitment.