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February 19, 2012
Legacy lineman takes in Jr. Day
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Unlike several of Saturday's visitors, for offensive guard Jack Kurzu his visit to Florida for Junior Day was not the first time he has set foot on campus at the University of Florida. Kurzu is the son of former Gator football player Bob Kurzu and because of that, as you might expect, has visited Florida numerous times.
"[The visit] was amazing. I've been to the University of Florida a few times with my dad. He played at the University of Florida from 79-84. It was great being back there after I visited for the Florida State game [last fall]," Kurzu said.
Kurzu currently attends Mary Institute Country Day in Missouri, but he has not been there for his entire high school football career. He transferred from St. Thomas Aquinas in Fort Lauderdale, Florida after his sophomore season.
The Gators have successfully recruited many players from St. Thomas Aquinas in the past. Kurzu is familiar with one of them.
One aspect of Florida's Junior Day that Kurzu enjoyed was spending time with the other prospects that were attending the event. He was especially happy to see his friend and former teammate from his time at St. Thomas Aquinas, Florida's freshman corner back Marcus Roberson.
"I got to hang out with Laremy Tunsil and Josh Outlaw. I was actually able to see one of my friends from St. Thomas Aquinas, Marcus Roberson, who is on the team currently. That was cool," he said.
In addition to spending time with his friends, Kurzu and his family also got the chance to meet the Gator's new offensive line coach, Tim Davis.
"We talked to Coach Muschamp and he introduced us to the new staff. It was great. We got a chance to meet all of the new staff members and see the campus. The highlight of my day was meeting the offensive line coach, Coach Davis, for the first time. I've never been in contact with him before," Kurzu said.
Coach Davis' knowledge of the fundamentals impressed Kurzu, who appreciated the opportunity to learn from the coach.
"Coach Davis talked about me going to the next level. When we broke into positions he told us more about the fundamentals and the techniques of a good offensive lineman. He talked about the heart of the offensive line," he said.
Florida has not offered the offensive lineman yet, but Kurzu is holding out hope that he will earn an offer from the Gators in the future.
"I hope I'll get an offer but honestly Coach Davis has not had enough time to review my tape. They have invited me to go up to their camp though and I will be attending that," he said.
Despite the fact that his father suited up and played for the Gators, Kurzu remains open to other schools.
"Right now I do not have an official list of what schools I would be interested in. I'm actually interested in all of them right now and it's just too early in the recruiting process for me to decide," he said.