Jurkovec chases western Pennsylvania QB roots
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Jurkovec chases western Pennsylvania QB roots

Terry Hanratty on Notre Dame recruit and the Cradle of Quarterbacks

Photo: Terry Hanratty and Ara Parseghian

Notre Dame celebrates a 4-star quarterback commitment as frequently as a new football season kicks off. In that respect, Phil Jurkovec is simply the latest on an annual list.

But there is more to identify Jurkovec, who is committed to the Irish’s Class of 2018. This quarterback carries an aura of western Pennsylvania roots. He’s entering his senior year at Pine-Richland High in Gibsonia, Pa., 17 miles from Pittsburgh. ... 


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