Wren High School was one of the first spring evaluation period stops for South Carolina offensive coordinator Kurt Roper.
In April, Roper made the jaunt to Piedmont, S.C. for a look at three-star Jay Urich, who’s ranked by 247Sports as the No. 31 dual-threat quarterback in the class of 2017.
Word of the Gamecocks’ offer reached Urich a day later, after Wren head coach Jeff Tate spoke to Roper and his boss, Will Muschamp. The South Carolina coaches made it official when Urich called.
“It means a lot, especially coming from an in-state school like South Carolina, in the SEC — it just means a lot to get that,” Urich said. “The relationships I’ve built with all the coaches and Coach Muschamp, the support staff, even the academic people — it’s been cool to get to know all those people.”
The 6-foot-4, 198-pound junior has been to South Carolina a handful of times, most recently for the spring game in April and again a few weeks later for Muschamp’s cookout.
According to Urich, there’s plenty of appeal.
“Probably just the relationships with the coaches and the facilities,” he said. “The dorms are really nice. And the new facilities they’re building, that will be done by sophomore year, it’s very cool to see how the facilities are so great.
“And they’re really great people, too, so I really like that.”
Tennessee and Duke also hosted him for junior days this spring.
“I really liked both of those, and a lot of schools are coming down to see me, so I’ll probably take five more visits before I make the decision,” Urich said. “I just want to make sure I’m making the right decision for me.”
Those five destinations are still up in the air, but Tennessee, Boston College and Indiana have already stopped by Wren this spring.
In the meantime, Urich is focused on his books, Saturday’s AAA state championship leg in the 4×400-meter and spring football practice.
Once the immediate future is accounted for, then he’ll focus on a decision, which could be reached before the end of June.
“It just depends when I’m ready and I’m confident with the decision I can make,” Urich said.