Florida moves into IMG OL’s top 4

Wednesday was a busy day on Florida’s campus as the Gators hosted two top-flight targets in Ray-Ray McCloud and CeCe Jefferson and the Florida coaching staff was also busy handing out some new offers.

One of those new offers went out to offensive lineman Mirko Jurkovic Jr. (6-5, 276, Bradenton, FL IMG Academy) who talked to three of Florida’s coaches.

“Coach [Brian] White told me to give Coach [Will] Muschamp a call and when I did that’s when he offered me a scholarship,” Jurkovich said. “Coach White was actually with Coach Muschamp and Coach [Mike] Summers so I got to talk to all three at the same time. Coach Muschamp said that he really liked me as a player and that he wanted me to visit in July. He wanted to know the factors in my decision and stuff like that.”

When Jurkovic was done talking to Muschamp the Gators head coach handed the phone to offensive line coach Mike Summers who spoke at length with the offensive lineman about the opportunity at Florida.

“I actually talked to Coach Summers the longest of the three coaches,” Jurkovich said. “Coach Summers wanted to know what I wanted in the college that I choose and he just wanted me to come up to visit them so we can start building a relationship. He said when I visit in July he wants to work with me and show me some things.”

Summers visited Jurkovic at IMG this spring for their spring game and the veteran line coach impressed the lineman.

“Coach Summers visited me for my spring game in May and I got a feel for him as a coach,” Jurkovich said. “He’s a very genuine guy and someone that obviously knows the game very well. He seems like someone that would be a great coach and a great guy to play for.”

After picking up the Florida offer on Wednesday the Gators flew up Jurkovic’s list and now sit in his top four.

“My top four schools are Florida, Arkansas, Nebraska and South Carolina right now,” Jurkovich said. “I don’t have any leaders right now but those are just the four schools that are recruiting me the hardest. I would like to make a decision before my senior season but if it takes longer than that that’s fine.”

With a decision nearing and four schools left Jurkovich plans to visit all of those schools this summer and it all starts next wekk.

“I’m visiting all of those schools this summer hopefully,” Jurkovich said. “I know that I’m visiting Florida in July and I’m heading to Lincoln to visit Nebraska next Wednesday. I’ll visit Arkansas and South Carolina in July.”

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Andrew Spivey
Andrew always knew he wanted to be involved with sports in some capacity. He began by coaching high school football for six years before deciding to pursue a career in journalism. While coaching, he was a part of two state semifinal teams in the state of Alabama. Given his past coaching experience, he figured covering recruiting would be a perfect fit. He began his career as an intern for Rivals.com, covering University of Florida football recruiting. After interning with Rivals for six months, he joined the Gator Country family as a recruiting analyst. Andrew enjoys spending his free time on the golf course and watching his beloved Atlanta Braves. Follow him on Twitter at @AndrewSpiveyGC.