Offensive Lineman Commits
Nebraska added an offensive lineman prospect for the recruiting class of 2015 when Bradenton, Florida prospect Mirko Jurkovic Jr. gave his commitment to the Huskers yesterday. Jurkovic had an impressive list of offers that included Ohio State, Florida, Missouri, South Carolina, and more than a dozen other major conference programs.
Jurkovic is listed at 6'5" and 275 lbs. While that's a little light by the standards of a starting college lineman, it's certainly a size that would allow him to get to 300 pounds, which seems to be a magic number for offensive linemen playing for major programs. His height is sufficient for him to play guard or tackle, and there's some thought he would be capable of playing center as well. Versatility is certainly desirable given the way Nebraska cross-trains players on the offensive line and moves them around.
Jurkovic's father was an All-American guard at Notre Dame in 1991. He also has an uncle who played nine years in the NFL at defensive tackle. Like most NU linemen, he'd likely redshirt. Whether he could contribute one year later as a redshirt freshman would likely depend on how much good weight he's able to add over the next two years (including his senior year of high school).
Jurkovic was raised in Indiana but has been in Bradenton as part of the IMG Academy, preparing for the next level of football under former Florida State and NFL quarterback Chris Weinke. The Academy may best known for some of the tennis stars it has produced like Andre Agassi and Maria Sharapova, but it claims famous alumni in baseball, basketball, football, and soccer as well. It could well be this kind of focus by IMG that's made Jurkovic such a hot property.