It’s a trend.

The AJ-C‘s Chris Kirschner points out that Mirko Jurkovic becomes the second member of Georgia’s 2015 class to join without signing a NLI, following Roquan Smith.  Not that Jurkovic had much of a choice.

Jurkovic won’t be an official UGA recruit until he attends his first day of college classes with the Bulldogs later this summer. NCAA rules prevent a student-athlete from signing two national letters-of-intent (NLI) in the same calendar year. Because Jurkovic signed an NLI with Ohio State in February, he is not permitted to sign one again with UGA. He simply signed financial-aid papers, which are non-binding to Jurkovic.

So you’re saying there’s still a chance… er, let’s not go there.

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17 responses to “It’s a trend.

  1. ugafidelis

    Well you’ve got to be happy about getting offensive linemen. He de-committed from Neb, turned away from OSU, had offers from several schools, and is now coming to UGA…

    “Don’t know. Mirko only pawn, in game of life.”

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  2. Chi-town Dawg

    I gotta admit that Mirko has handled this whole situation with a lot of class. As an 18 year old, I don’t know that I’d be nearly as polite and restrained with my comments about how OSU pulled the rug out from under me at the final hour. Don’t know much about his football abilities, but he certainly has the physical tools and comes from a family of talented football players, so I’m excited that he’s coming here. Certainly helps fill a position of need and much better than handing out a few scholarships to walk-ons because we undersigned.

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    • Chi-town Dawg

      It’s one thing to bump a potential signee before NSD, but when you string them along this far into the year, you really leave them with very few options as many of the programs don’t have available schollies at this point in time, I think that’s why Notre Dame also wanted to defer his enrollment into January. I’m sure Urban intentionally let this play out figuring the guy wouldn’t have many choices and be forced to wait until January to enroll with OSU. Either way, no doubt he was slow playing the situation figuring that if a roster spot opens up, he’s got this guy in his back pocket. If not, he’s got him between a rock and a hard place. Pretty crappy way to treat your players, but I guess when you win national championships, people will look the other way.

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    • HVL Dawg

      When I read the Mirko quotes about OSU, my first thought was…..written word for word by Coach Richt.

      CMR started coaching Mirko on life lessons before the kid ever stepped on campus.

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  3. W Cobb Dawg

    This episode is a breath of fresh air for those of us who’ve freaked out about perpetual undersigning and poor roster management. Perhaps showing the existing players they can replaced – no matter the time of year, helps ‘keep their minds right’, as Strother Martin would say. Overall, UGA comes out of this smelling like roses no matter how you look at it.

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  4. bulldogbry

    I have yet to read WHY he was denied entry at Urban’s sprawl. I thought I read it was academics. But yet Notre Dame was ready to take him. Can someone here explain it to me?

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    • No way it’s academics. Even for athletes, it’s a hell of a lot harder to get into ND than TattooU. Corch is trying to cover his own @$$.

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    • Chi-town Dawg

      The rumor is that OSU didn’t have an open scholarship because they oversigned and didn’t have enough arrests, er I mean attrition in the off season. The fact Notre Dame, Nebraska and Florida all wanted him to sign seems to indicate it was more than “academics”.

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      • Chi-town Dawg

        My bet is that if he were a 4/5 star player, they would somehow create a spot for him, but why rock the boat for a 3 star when you’ve got a loaded roster coming back from a NC season.

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        • PTC DAWG

          I see that point, but why offer the kid and string him along when you don’t have room. Parents/athletes need to wake up to the Coaches that do that type of shit.

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  5. Cousin Eddie

    He should do an end zone celebration, record it, and send it to Meyer just to let him know he ended up at UGA.

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    • Am thinking we may have another Greg Pike in this guy.

      What Urban did was try and force a Greyshirt like Les has done on the bayou. Probably figured the dad had the bucks to pay Fall tuition and you get him in January.

      Turns out the pawn knew about the en passant move.

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  6. Of course.. Such a great move in the game of chess or bridge. And apparently Coaches know more about smart moves than we do. No? 🎈

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