The son of former All-American Mirko Jurkovic Sr., Mirko Jurkovic Jr. is carving out a name for himself wearing the same number and in the same sport his late father starred in.
Jurkovic Jr. is a 6'5, 260-pound guard at South Bend St. Joseph's who is now beginning to receive recruiting attention from top flight programs. Naturally, though, he trends towards the Fighting Irish.
"I've been a Notre Dame fan my whole life," he admits.
However, he says that has not stopped other schools from recruiting him and he is open to looking at those programs as well.
"I've heard from Notre Dame, Michigan, Penn State, and a little from Northwestern, but it's mainly Notre Dame and Michigan. Michigan sent me a camp invite and said they wanted me to come up and see them, and I was going to, but Iwas gone with family that week."
Already familiar with Notre Dame, Jurkovic did visit the Irish earlier in the year and continues to keep in touch with the staff.
"They have been showing a good amount of interest and sending letters. I went to the spring game on an unofficial with my mom and a family friend. I was invited to camp, but I couldn't go."
Last season, Jurkovic made his varsity debut and admits it was not an easy transition.
"I thought it was very tough going from freshman to being a sophomore on varsity, but I adapted and did what I needed to."
That experience, he believes, will make him all the better this season.
"This year will go a lot more smooth. I'm a lot stronger and bigger. We have a have really good team with lots of people returning, so I'm expecting a good year. I think from sophomore to junior year, I grew up a lot more."