Blue and Gold Illustrated

June-July 2016

Blue & Gold Illustrated: America's Foremost Authority on Notre Dame Football

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BY ANDREW IVINS Notre Dame offensive coordinator Mike Sanford was prepared to go the distance and wait on his next quar- terback. Sanford had told Gibsonia (Pa.) Pine-Richland's Phil Jurkovec in early May that he wasn't going to offer another quarterback in the class of 2018 until he got word from the Rivals100 junior prospect on whether he was going to be headed to South Bend or not. Turns out Sanford didn't have to wait all that long. Jurkovec gave a verbal commit- ment to the Irish on May 16 while on campus with his family for an unof- ficial visit. He told Rivals recruiting analyst Adam Friedman that the decision to pick Notre Dame over Ohio State, Penn State, Clemson, Alabama and Pittsburgh was simple. "I have really thought it for a long time and it's not a rash decision," Jurkovec said. "I have gone over all the different aspects that I want in a school, and Notre Dame fits them all." Jurkovec has long been a priority for Sanford and Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly. The Irish evalu- Notre Dame Gets Its 2018 Quarterback Jurkovec has already accepted an invitation to play in the 2018 U.S. Army All-American Bowl after throw- ing for 2,560 yards and running for 1,250 yards while totaling 31 touchdowns as a sophomore. PHOTO BY ANDREW IVINS COMMITMENT PROFILE PHIL JURKOVEC

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