The allure of Notre Dame has struck again, this time drawing in the top dual threat quarterback in the Class of 2018.
According to 247 Sports’ Steve Wiltfong, top 2018 quarterback prospect Phil Jurkovec, the star signal caller from Pine Richland High School in suburban Pittsburgh, has committed to Notre Dame. Jurkovec chose the Fighting Irish ahead of scholarship offers from the likes of Ohio State, Alabama, Clemson and Michigan State, not to mention in state programs Penn State and Pittsburgh.
Jurkovec’s commitment came during a Monday visit to South Bend, where the quarterback felt the fit was too perfect for him to overlook.
“I came up here with the intent of committing,” Jurkovec told 247Sports. “It’s the right fit for me. The whole education of Notre Dame from the books to the spirituality, the whole university and everything that it offers I just fell in love with it.”
Perhaps unsurprisingly, given the early timeframe, Jurkovec’s pledge is the first for Notre Dame from the Class of 2018. Still, the quarterback will be expected to serve as an anchor prospect for the program’s class. At 6-foot-5 and 200 pounds already, it’s not hard to see why college coaches see him as an ideal prototypical quarterback at the next level. He also has eye-popping stats to support that assessment, including 2,560 yards and 20 touchdowns with just four interceptions through the air and another 11 touchdowns on the ground.
Now all that production is headed for Notre Dame, where Jurkovec will attempt to became the latest in a long line of top Irish quarterbacks.
“It feels really good. I feel I just fit into Notre Dame,” Jurkovec said.