UP NEXT: '17 Blue Ridge QB Jay Urich

One of the bright budding stars in the 2017 class is Blue Ridge quarterback Jay Urich. A 6'4 185 pound signal caller, Urich saw a strong start to his sophomore season fizzle down the stretch as his team was decimated with season ending injuries. Despite that, Urich has opened the eyes of quite a few schools early and he took a visit to an SEC school this weekend, he's "UP NEXT" with us here!

Jay Urich Profile

Standing 6'4 185 pounds 2017 Blue Ridge quarterback Jay Urich has good size and he put together a solid sophomore season despite some unfortunate incidents that happened to his team. We caught up with Urich recently as he is starting to see his recruitment pick up. He's "UP NEXT" with SCPrepNation.com!

"This season I was 127-199 for 1,450 yards and 4 touchdowns. I also rushed for 350 yards and 5 touchdowns."

"We were 6-5. We finished the year a little slow, headed into Week 8, we were 6-2. We had an incident where 5 starters were suspended for the year and 2 players had season ending injuries. We faced a lot of adversity but we did the best we could with what we had."

We asked Urich about his best game of the season and he said, "My best game was probably against Berea. I went 13-17 for 276 yards and 2 touchdowns. What made it so memorable was one play where one of my great friends and teammate Brian Garret caught a screen pass off of a read option, and I lead blocked for him as he scored a 65 yard touchdown."

One of Urich's highlights was winning Greenville Touchdown Club Player of the Week along with his aforementioned teammate, Brian Garret.

The numbers are a great start for the sophomore who continues to make strides with his game. He works out with quarterback trainer Ramon Robinson who trains many of the top quarterback prospects in the Carolinas and surrounding states.

Schools are starting to find out about Urich and he caught us up to speed on where things are currently with his recruitment just starting.

"I have heard from a couple of schools like Savannah State and I've also talked with Carson-Newman a little. I am hoping to get some more looks now that the season is over."

Soon after this interview was initially complete another school stepped in and invited Urich up for a visit.

"Vanderbilt invited me up for the Tennessee game. I was able to tour the indoor facility as well as eat with the coaches. I had a good time on the sideline during pregame talking with the players."

The 2017 prospect says he's talked with some of the Commodores coaches during his visit.

"Yes sir I spoke with coach Godowski (wide receivers coach) and coach Barnes (recruiting coordinator). Both came by while my family and I were eating and talked with us. They like me a lot they said and they want me back up there this summer for camp."

Being an academic power and playing in the SEC there's a lot to like about Vanderbilt but what stood out for Urich as his favorite part of the visit to Nashville?

"I'd say the quality of people that were there. Every time I was walking around campus going from place to place people greeted you and the same goes with the coaches. They were very cool and nice to talk to."

Urich says he enjoyed the atmosphere there as well.

"It was pretty good! I really enjoyed the rivalry game and being on the sideline pregame when both teams were talking trash to each other. The first play of the game was probably the loudest when the Vandy defensive back picked off the first pass of the game, only for it to be called back."

On a 1-10 scale the Blue Ridge prospect gave his visit a "7."

Moving forward Urich says he's looking forward to hearing from any schools that would like to recruit him but especially schools like Clemson, Florida, Furman, and Memphis.

He talked about the strengths and areas for improvement concerning his game with us too.

"I can move around in the pocket and adjust to the pressure well. I also can make a play out of a busted play. I feel like I can make all the throws and be the leader my team needs me to be. I also feel like I can use my feet to help keep the defense on their toes."

"I think I need to work on my mechanics and arm strength as well as reading the defensive coverages. I have my quarterback coach Ramon Robinson to work with and he helps me a lot on what I need to work on and that's mostly mechanics."

Already hard at work training to improve towards his junior season next year Urich talked about some of the goals he's already set for himself come 2015.

"My goals for next year are to get past the first round of the playoffs and go all the way. Also to be a better leader than I was this year. Individually, I want to pass for 2,500+ yards and 15+ touchdowns."

The 2017 prospect reports a 4.2 GPA in the classroom currently and takes AP and honors classes.

We'll continue to follow Jay Urich's recruitment so keep it right here with SCPrepNation.com. Check out Urich's testing measurables and find out how to follow us on Twitter below.

Bench press: 190 pounds
Squat: 315 pounds
Power clean: 215 pounds
Fastest 40: 4.67 seconds
Pro shuttle: 4.2 seconds

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