Ohio State’s 2015 recruiting class lost one signee on Monday when Mirko Jurkovic announced he will enroll at the University of Georgia over an academic issue.
The Columbus Dispatch reported admission requirements were at the center of the change in schools. UGASports.com reported something different creating a he said, she said situation certainly to be used on the recruiting trail for years to come.
The other side of the story is Ohio State over signed its 2015 class, bringing in 27 recruits. If head coach Urban Meyer thought more kids would transfer, especially with the logjam under center, apparently not enough left the defending national championship team for playing time elsewhere, making Jurkovic the odd man out.
Jurkovic made the announcement official on Monday via Twitter:
Jurkovic was a 3-star recruit out of IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., when he committed to the Buckeyes in early December 2014. The 6-foot-5, 270-pound offensive lineman had ties to Big Ten country, originally hailing from South Bend, Ind., shocking some by heading to Ohio State.
The ties to the Big Ten went deeper when Jurkovic originally committed to Nebraska before de-committing on Nov. 30, just two days after officially visiting the Buckeyes, which led to his flipping to Ohio State.
When Jurkovic was initially going through the recruiting process many thought Notre Dame was the school to beat over the other 21 offers extended. Beyond growing up in South Bend, Jurkovic is the son of Fighting Irish All-American legacy Mirko Jurkovic Sr. The catch is Notre Dame never offered.
Of the 22 schools courting Jurkovic for the 2015 class, Georgia was not one of the programs either. Offers from Florida, Kansas, Kentucky, South Carolina, Tennessee, Wake Forest, Cincinnati, Maryland, South Florida, Mississippi State, and Missouri were extended, among others, but not Georgia or Notre Dame.
— Written by Ryan Wright, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and an established media professional with more than two decades' worth of experience. Over the years, Wright has written for numerous sites and publications and he recently started his own recruiting site, www.recruitingnewsguru.com. Follow him on Twitter @HogManinLA.