Just hours after word of Jay Urich’s looming college announcement, the three-star quarterback picked another offer.
Duke joined South Carolina, Appalachian State, Coastal Carolina, South Dakota State and Southern Miss among the options for Urich, who will announce his decision Friday at 3:30 p.m..
Last January, Urich transferred to Wren High School (Piedmont, S.C.) from Blue Ridge, following a path similar to the one that Kelly Bryant took from Abbeville. Now a backup to Deshaun Watson at Clemson, Bryant played his final two seasons at Wren for coach Jeff Tate.
Urich passed for 2,758 yards and 21 touchdowns during his only season with the Hurricanes. He also rushed for 1,031 yards and nine scores.
“It’s pretty obvious he’s a dual-threat. He’s not a kid who just runs the football and he’s not a kid who just throws it,” Tate said. “When you have a kid with that type of ability, it gives you an opportunity to find success on offense.”
The No. 28 dual-threat quarterback in the Class of 2017 led Wren to a 7-5 record, over 30 points per game on offense and an appearance in the second round of the state playoffs.
“He’s a great leader and a great competitor,” Tate said. “He’s a tough kid. Hopefully, he’ll keep improving and he’ll help us improve at Wren as well.”
Urich is a regular with Elite Position Training quarterback coach Ramon Robinson. His 4×400 relay team that qualified for the AAA state track meet finished fourth. So he’s no stranger to hard work.
“He’s gotten bigger, stronger and faster. He’s gotten to where he can throw the ball a little bit more accurately,” Tate said. “He gets it out of his hand quicker. His mechanics are much better. Mainly, the fact that he puts in the amount of time he’s put into it, it’s helped him develop. Obviously, folks like that he’s got some talent as well.”
An already talented prospect isn’t a finished product. One college football program will have a shot to move him closer towards completion when he makes his announcement on Friday.
“Just like anybody, you can never get too big. You can never get too strong. You can never get too fast. You can never get too knowledgeable of the game, Tate said. “The game is evolving and changing. The speed of the game the higher the level you go is much greater. You have to hone your skills and keep improving. Hopefully, he’ll be able to do that.
“With his work ethic, I think he’ll have that chance. I honestly believe that his best football is ahead of him.”