Irish may add legacy Jurkovic

Mirko Jurkovic Jr. could join Notre Dame’s freshman class if he clears admissions after not enrolling at Ohio State, potentially following his late father into the program.

Mirko Jurkovic Jr. may come home.

According to multiple sources, Notre Dame is evaluating the Irish legacy and one-time Ohio State signee, who did not enroll in Columbus this summer due to a reported academic issue. Notre Dame’s interest in Jurkovic is advanced enough that he’s attempted to improve his test scores for admission.

The 6-foot-5, 285-pound offensive lineman is the son of former Irish All-American offensive lineman Mirko Jurkovic Sr., who played on Notre Dame’s last national championship team. He died two years ago after a battle with cancer. He was 42 years old.

Irish interest in Jurkovic Jr., who played at St. Joe High School, located a mile from Notre Dame, was light early in the recruiting process until his transfer to IMG Academy in Florida. While there he blocked for Irish commitment Tony Jones Jr. and played with Florida State signee Deondre Francois.

Jurkovic ultimately earned offers from Ohio State, Florida, Nebraska, Missouri, South Carolina and Tennessee, among others. He committed to the Cornhuskers in July before his senior year, then flipped to Ohio State in December.

Notre Dame nearly offered at multiple points during the process but never did.

If the Irish take Jurkovic Jr. it would further stretch Notre Dame’s roster against the 85-man limit. If Ishaq Williams returns on a football scholarship and former walk-ons Montgomery VanGorder and Connor Cavalaris remain on scholarship, the Irish would enter training camp with 88 scholarship players, assuming no more roster attrition.

Even if Williams, VanGorder and Cavalaris all came off scholarship, which is a strong possibility, a Jurkovic addition would push Notre Dame over the limit barring additional roster deletions.

In terms of the offensive line, grabbing Jurkovic would make sense for Harry Hiestand after Jerry Tillery moved to defensive tackle during spring practice. Jurkovic could be a tackle or guard and would join a class with center Tristen Hoge and guard Trevor Ruhland.

Notre Dame has two commitments in its current recruiting class in Scout 100 prospects Tommy Kraemer and Liam Eichenberg. Both project at tackle, with primary guard target Parker Boudreaux set to announce next week.


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