Call It Official: MICDS' Jack Kurzu Will Become an Oklahoma State Cowboy

Giant junior tackle decides early after reviewing more than 20 schools.

Bob Kurzu played tackle for the University of Florida team in the Charlie Pell era of the 1980s. But that wasn’t enough to convince his son Jack, 6-foot-4, 305 pound tackle from MICDS to head to the swamp.

After looking over some 20 college choices, Jack Kurzu donned the orange baseball cap of the Oklahoma State Cowboys, much to the delight of his friends and teammates.

Kurzu made it official on Wednesday before a gathering of teammates from the Rams football program.

Kurzu is considering plans to enrolling at Stillwater for spring football and those issues remain to be settled.

The offers were wide ranging. His shopping list included Harvard, Yale, Hawaii, Troy, Indiana, Mizzou, Illinois, Miami of Florida, Ball State and many others.

“I want to play for (coach) Mike Gundy. He really stands up for his players and I like that. It just feels like one big family down there,” said the junior tackle.

By deciding early, he won’t have to go to any show case summer camps this year. His first academic pursuits may be in the area of English, history or political science. He has a 3.5 GPA and is interested in becoming a writer.

He really favors Cowboys’ line coach Joe Wickline. Wickline was a coach at Florida when his dad played there.

“He (coach) Wickline is one of the best in the business,” said Kurzu. “My goal is to become an All American before I graduate.”

“I think the whole recruiting process was amazing. I am glad they (OSU) offered me early and I am glad to accept their offer.”

Kurzu will not be able to officially sign with OSU until Feb. 1, 2013.

John Galt April 26, 2012 at 01:19 AM
Kurzu's "shopping list" (whatever the hell that means) did not include Mizzou. They never offered him, nor had any plans to. Congrats to Jack, though it is a major reach by OSU. For those interested in TRUTHFUL and ACCURATE college football recruiting news, check out PowerMizzou.com. You will get a far better idea of which local players Mizzou is recruiting.
E. Witzen April 26, 2012 at 02:19 AM
I think it's wonderful news for this young man and his parents and congratulate him, let me be clear. With an education at MICDS he will go very far. But I do wonder, when did college sports choices for juniors at any high school become newsworthy? Where is the emphasis on what will ultimately take this country and society forward, academics? You cannot devise a cure for any disease without chemistry and biology; build bridges without physics and engineering; solve economic issues without mathematics and economics; understand what other countries in the world are doing without political science and history; imagine the future without literature and the visual arts. By all means congratulate outstanding young athletes, but perhaps more articles on the academic and artistic achievements of young people of all ages at all schools would be a good thing too, no?
Anonymous April 26, 2012 at 05:02 AM
I believe Jack was on powermizzou's top recruits list...and for the record Jack has strong ties to both Mizzou (great grandfather played football and basketball there, grandmother was president of the mortar board, aunt and cousins have graduated) and Florida (Dad played football there) but at the end of the day, after many college visits, he felt Oklahoma State was the perfect fit for him. This is not a slam for Mizzou or any other program but a celebration for Jack. He has worked very hard and it's a great achievement.
James Baer (Editor) April 26, 2012 at 08:58 AM
I have a novel idea. Let's let Jack and his family enjoy the announcement without further arm chair quarterbacking.
John Galt April 26, 2012 at 04:19 PM
Kurzu was rated in PowerMizzou's top 30 players, but Gabe and Pete were adamant over the last few months that Kurzu would NOT be getting a Mizzou offer.
John Galt April 26, 2012 at 04:20 PM
I have a novel idea. Report information accurately. Mizzou was not an option for Kurzu; they never offered. Your article suggests that OSU beat Mizzou out for Kurzu. Totally inaccurate.
BJones April 26, 2012 at 05:56 PM
Congratulations, Jack! Do everyone a favor and stick around a while. You'll have plenty of time with the 'Pokes, and you'll never regret finishing with your class.
Randy Sally April 28, 2012 at 07:16 PM
Congratulations to Jack and best of luck at Oklahoma State !
flyoverland August 24, 2012 at 12:13 AM
Witzen, Jack is a Senior, not junior. In fact, he may be eligible to graduate early. This kid is special. He has more pancakes than IHOP. I can't wait for Saturday. I don't think you have to worry about his academic credentials. My daughter is a classmate. We visited a number of very selective colleges this summer. All of them told her they would be adjusting her GPA upwards because of the rigor of MICDS to make a fair comparison with kids from other schools.


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