St. Louis OL Kurzu Visits Rutgers

Rutgers hosted its first recruit of spring practice in Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School (St. Louis) offensive lineman Jack Kurzu. Kurzu caught up with to discuss his visit to campus and the circumstances that brought him from Missouri to Rutgers for a visit.

From time at top high school program St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), Jack Kurzu is not a stranger to Rutgers. Now back in St. Louis at Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School after a sophomore season in Florida, Kurzu decided to visit Rutgers when he came to the area this week.

The first recruit to visit spring practice under new coach Kyle Flood, Kurzu said he walked away with a positive impression of everything he saw.

"The visit was great," Kurzu said. "I was able to meet several of the coaches including Coach Flood and [offensive line coach Damian Wroblewski]. Everyone was really great to take time on a busy day to talk to me."

Kurzu had never been to Rutgers and the coaching staff has yet to evaluate his junior tape, so there was no discussion of a scholarship offer, he said. The 6-foot-5, 300-pound offensive lineman holds verbal scholarship offers from Troy and Ball State and would "absolutely" consider a return trip to Rutgers.

"It would be an honor to be recruited by them," Kurzu said. "...I was not expecting them to make an offer as this was just my first visit there. I would like to visit again when the coaches have time to talk about what they think of my tape."

Kurzu is receiving interest from many top academic institutions, including Dartmouth, Yale, Harvard, Penn and Princeton. With academics as a top interest, he said Rutgers stood out to him because of what it had to offer.

"I was really impressed with the football program and the campus," Kurzu said. "Academics are really important to me and Rutgers is a great school. I liked how committed the coaches were. It was a very positive atmosphere."

Kurzu's family moved to Florida during his sophomore year for work reasons. During his time there, he helped St. Thomas Aquinas win a national championship and built relationships with many Florida football names.

"I got to play against some of the best players in the country just on our own team in practice, like Jelani Hamilton and Joey Bosa," Kurzu said. "It was a great experience and I am still friends with a lot of the guys on the team, and we see each other at combines. My mom's job took our family back to St. Louis last summer and it was hard to leave but Coach George Smith told me to keep working hard and bring what I learned to my new team."

Kurzu helped lead his team to a 14-1 mark last season, with the only loss coming in the state-championship game against Webb City.

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