Mirko Jurkovic from Bradenton (Flor.) IMG Academy offensive lineman recently committed to Nebraska over a slug of offers and a final three that also included Florida and Ohio State. The three-star offensive tackle becomes the third offensive lineman in the class of 2015 for Nebraska.
When getting a chance to watch the film on Jurkovic you notice something immediately. Jurkovic is rated as an offensive tackle and is bring touted to play tackle at Nebraska, but all of the film from high school in Indiana is of Jurkovic playing right guard.
The once offensive guard shows good explosion, stays low, understands pad level and moves well for a big guy. Jurkovic also shows great strength and athleticism which isn't surprising considering his successful transition to tackle.
Yes, it might be a little early to crown it successful since he's only had a spring at the position, but look at the bigger picture. Jurkovic moved outside -- considerably more difficult than moving inside -- which speaks largely to his athleticism and quick feet to be able to block the edge rushers that IMG will face this fall.
Consider the spring evaluation period for Jurkovic getting his first chance to really work at the mechanics to play the position and having the type of schools and the quantity of schools offer. It was a successful transition.
Nebraska might be penciling Jurkovic to play tackle, but I associate Jurkovic less to a player like Christian Gaylord in this year's class than I do Nick Gates in last year's class. Gates was told that Nebraska liked him at all five spots, which I think could be the same for Jurkovic, which could assist in early playing time with that type of versatility.