Wren QB Jay Urich (6-4 198) Friday became the latest in state member of the 2017 class to commit to USC. Urich picked the Gamecocks over Duke and becomes their 10th commitment in the class and their seventh from the state. Some of his other offers included Southern Miss, Harvard, Furman, Wofford, Coastal Carolina, SC State, Jacksonville State and Eastern Kentucky.
Duke was a late offer and Urich said the Blue Devils gave him something to compare to USC which had offered in April. And his Duke recruiter was offensive coordinator Zac Roper, brother of USC co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Kurt Roper who recruited him for the Gamecocks.
“Duke is a really good school and it came down to Duke, Furman, South Carolina, Southern Miss and Coastal Carolina,” Urich said. “I couldn’t have gone wrong with any of them but I just felt I was a best fit for Carolina.” Urich added that he didn’t make his final decision until Friday.
Urich is a double threat quarterback who passed for 2760 yards and 21 touchdowns and rushed for 1031 yards and 19 touchdowns last season.
“I feel I’m a dual threat quarterback who can do both run and throw,” Urich said. “I feel like I’m a good quarterback and just try to learn as much as possible as I go and do my best.”
“He’s a big, athletic kid that can run,” said Wren coach Jeff Tate. “In the game of football in college you’ve got to have a guy that can keep a play in play and he’s capable of doing that. He’s just one of those guys who can throw it and run it. He looks to throw it before he runs but when he takes off, he doesn’t pop it for just a few yards. He has the ability to take it the distance.”
Urich plans on graduating early and his coach says he has the character, leadership skills and academic background to excel at the highest level.
“Coach Muschamp asked me, ‘Do you think he’s tough enough, you think he’s solid enough to play in the SEC?’ I said, yes I do. He’s got the frame to carry 225 pounds, an ideal weight for him. Coach (Kurt) Roper told me, he’s a guy that can run and throw and that’s what they are trying to recruit.”
Tate believes Urich will blend in very well with the Gamecocks other young quarterbacks, in particular Jake Bentley.
“I know the kind of kid Jake is,” Tate said. “He’s a great kid and a great quarterback. You can never have too many athletes on our football and you can never have enough competition at quarterback. He’s not afraid to compete. He’s a team guy. He’ll do what these coaches ask him to do and even more.”