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Jurkovec develops rapport with future coach

Junior quarterback Phil Jurkovec committed to Notre Dame in May and last weekend he returned to South Bend to work with Irish quarterbacks coach Mike Sanford. The experience made another positive impression.

Junior quarterback Phil Jurkovec committed to Notre Dame in May over offers from Alabama, Clemson and Ohio State, among others.

The 6-foot-5, 200-pounder from Gibsonia, Pa., spent several days in South Bend last week camping with the Irish.

“The visit went really well,” Jurkovec said. “It was great getting back to Notre Dame and seeing more of the campus than before.”

The highlight of the trip was working with Irish quarterbacks coach Mike Sanford.

“Working with coach Sanford was really cool as he gave me so many tips and coaching advice throughout the camp,” Jurkovec said. “I got to see how he coaches and works with his players also. We mostly worked on footwork and there are many drills that I'm bringing back with me to go through and improve upon.”

Jurkovec believes he has developed a strong rapport with his future coach.

“I learned more about coach Sanford and the way he coaches during the week,” he said. “He's intense on the field and brings a lot of energy as he's enjoying coaching and improving his players. He's also not a coach who will tell you how great you are. He will stay on top of you, which is great because it only makes you better. He's the type of coach that I want to play for.”

It wasn’t all business for Jurkovec during his multi-day visit.

He spent some time networking with other campers in an effort to bolster Irish recruiting. He was thrilled to hear Markese Stepp and the Ademilola twins joined him in the Class of 2018.

“I want to make the 2018 class for Notre Dame something to remember and I think we will be able to do it,” he said. “We're off to a really good start so far with Markese, Jayson and Justin. I got to talk with all three of them while at the camp and we all have the same mindset for the future.”

Jurkovec will spend the rest of the summer with his team and also plans to focus on basketball prior to the start of two-a-days.

“With camp season over, I'll just be working with my team from now until the season and also will be playing some basketball,” he said. “I'm really trying to improve in these upcoming weeks.”

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