This isn’t your father’s Georgia recruiting.

By now, I assume most of you have heard that Georgia has made a late addition to the recruiting class of 2015.  And it’s not some obscure two-star recruit nobody’s ever heard of before, either.  (Not that that hasn’t paid off for Georgia before.)

Nope, Georgia managed to grab three-star Mirko Jurkovic, an offensive lineman who originally was a Ohio State commit, was then chased by Notre Dame when that fell through and wound up committing to Athens when the Irish couldn’t make room.

Former Ohio State football signee Mirko Jurkovic told the AJC that it was a phone conversation with Mark Richt on Monday evening that made him commit on the spot.

The offensive lineman from Florida’s IMG Academy picked UGA over Notre Dame and Florida after not being able to enroll at Ohio State due to an academic issue.

What exactly did Richt say to Jurkovic?

“I talked to Coach Richt about 20 minutes ago,” Jurkovic told the AJC. “He told me that I would be admitted, so then I told him that I was coming to Georgia.”

The 6-foot-5, 275-pounder went ahead and committed, despite the fact that he’s never stepped foot on UGA’s campus. He’ll take an official visit with the Bulldogs on July 13-14.

“It’s just that I know I’m going to love Georgia … that’s why I committed so quickly,” Jurkovic said. “I talked to so many people about it. I talked to my uncle about Georgia, and he told me to finish it as soon as possible. I’m going to enjoy Georgia. I just know it.”

Think about how quickly this broke in Georgia’s favor.  The news on DeVondre Seymour leaving the program barely had time to sink in before the staff was moving upon learning that Jurkovic was in play.  And they managed to grab a kid who’s obviously not a stiff without even getting him on campus first because they had an open slot on the offensive line that needed filling.  Quite the nimble sales job there.

For a staff whose chronic undersigning was the most serious structural flaw of the second half of Richt’s tenure, that is a remarkable turn of events.


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17 responses to “This isn’t your father’s Georgia recruiting.

  1. Spike

    Hmmmm.. Wonder what JCDAWG83 will find to bitch about this?


  2. Great job by CMR and the staff. That said, the kid sounds a little wishy- washy to me. I hope he actually enrolls. I also hope he turns out to be great. CMR certainly did all he could here.


  3. Hogbody Spradlin

    Could it be? Georgia starting the season with 85 scholarship players? GEORGIA?


  4. Richt has lost control of undersigning.


  5. Haha

    Get it…Sales job?!?


  6. Jack Klompus

    If he only knew how much he is really going to like Athens.


  7. sniffer

    Love to know what those “academic issues” were all about. How is it he can’t get in OSU, but can get in UGA?


    • Bob

      I have heard that academic issues is the cover. More likely, OSU roster management. Just a rumor mind you. 😉


  8. W Cobb Dawg

    Somebody needs to say it. The changes with this program since CJP arrived are nothing short of amazing. No base seems uncovered.


  9. Howl&Woof

    This seems like the biggest “last-minute” surprise in a long time. I agree with the posters that attribute this to the cooperation and commitment of the administration. I have railed against the administrators that have, in the past, tried to raise Georgia’s academic reputation by restricting our athletic success. We will only achieve the academic acclaim of the more prestigious schools through academic achievement. Academic acclaim is a great thing be it should be done to serve the citizens of our state, and attract the “best and brightest” to come and stay in Georgia. The mission of our great university should not be to make our administrators look great otherwise.


  10. shane#1

    What I like is the sheer number of linemen recruited on both sides of the ball. It seemed that UGA was short of linemen on at least one side of the ball every season.


  11. Big Ol cup of STFU

    Finally. someone (at UGA) Gets The Picture…..errrr