Elite QB eager for Irish return

One of Notre Dame’s top prospects in the sophomore class will rank among the biggest names at this weekend’s Junior Day in South Bend.

Junior Day in South Bend will have a national feel. It will also feature one of Brian Kelly’s top targets in the sophomore classes in quarterback Phil Jurkovec, who already holds offers Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State, Pittsburgh, UCLA, Michigan State and Wisconsin, among others.

Jurkovec, a 6-foot-5, 190-pounder from Pine-Richland High School in Gibsonia, Pa., attended Notre Dame’s game against USC last fall and wants a more in-depth look at the Irish.

“I think we’ll be up Friday night,” said Jurkovec, who will attend Junior Day with his parents. “I’m scheduled on Friday night to go to a positional meeting with coach (Mike) Sanford and the quarterbacks and then I’m just hoping to see the campus because I wasn’t able to really see it when I was there for the USC game.”

That first trip let Jurkovec experience the Notre Dame game day atmosphere. This time around he expects to learn more about the program and what it offers student-athletes.

“I’m very excited to be up there again,” he said. “It was awesome the last time I was up there for the USC-Notre Dame game. Being up there again I’ll be able to meet with the coaches more because during the game they weren’t really able to talk. Now that I’ll be up there for junior day I’m hoping to be able to talk to the coaches and get more of a feel for the campus and also go over the academics and see some more of the facilities.”

Jurkovec attended Pittsburgh’s junior day earlier this month and hopes to see several more schools in the near future.

He has a handful of schools showing a lot of love early in the recruiting process.

“Right now I’d say Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State, Pitt, Michigan State and Wisconsin,” he said.

As a sophomore, Jurkovec completed 176-of-264 passes for 2,560 yards and 20 touchdowns to just four interceptions. He also carried the ball 130 times for 1,250 yards and 11 touchdowns with five 100-yard rushing games.

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