Four-star quarterback Phil Jurkovec became the first member of Notre Dame’s recruiting class of 2018 when he committed to the Irish last May.
Since then, 10 others have followed Jurkovec in pledging to the Irish, who have seen their class move up the Scout.com rankings all the way to No. 3 in the nation.
Jurkovec, a 6-foot-5, 200-pounder from Gibsonia, Pa., is excited about the additions to the class, especially the most recent ones in wide receivers Braden Lenzy and Micah Jones.
“I think it's looking pretty good right now,” Jurkovec said. “It's a very good start and the coaches are liking the kids who we've been able to get. I'm really excited. Coach (Chip) Long is pumped too. They're two different kinds of receivers so they pose different threats.”
Jurkovec met both Lenzy and Jones during a junior day event last month.
“That's the first time I've seen them in person,” he said. “Micah is a really big target and Braden has that blazing speed.”
For Jurkovec, the junior day gave him the opportunity to meet all of the new coaches and now he’s more eager than ever to begin his career in South Bend.
“It went well,” he said. “I really like all of the new coaches. There's a good feel around the team.”
Jurkovec’s junior season was cut short by a thumb injury.
He’s back to 100-percent and making the most of his winter basketball season.
On Friday, Jurkovec scored a game-high 21 points to lead Pine-Richland to a 72-61 win over Butler that sealed the Rams’ second straight Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League title.
Missing out on the football postseason has inspired Jurkovec to cherish this ride through the championship playoffs.
“It feels great since I missed out on football,” he said. “Now I can make up for it in basketball.”
Pine-Richland opens the state playoffs on Saturday against Latrobe.
Jurkovec hopes to attend Notre Dame’s annual Blue-Gold game on April 22.