The 6-foot-5, 215-pound senior quarterback has accounted for 4,905 yards of offense and 58 touchdowns, leading the Rams to a 15-0 season and a berth in the Class 6A state final on Dec. 9. Jurkovec threw for 3,769 yards, 38 touchdowns and just five interceptions through 15 games, completing 74.2 percent of his passes (230-for-310). He has also rushed for 1,136 yards and 20 touchdowns on 115 attempts for an average of 9.9 yards a carry. One of six finalists for U.S. Army Player of the Year in association with the 2018 All-American Bowl, Jurkovec had thrown for 8,002 yards, run for 2,867 yards and accounted for 109 touchdowns entering the final game of his prep career.
Jurkovec has maintained a 3.64 GPA in the classroom. He has verbally committed to play football on scholarship at the University of Notre Dame in the fall of 2018.
Jurkovec is also a Pine-Richland Peer Buddy, working directly with intellectually and physically challenged peers to learn about disability rights and advocacy. He is also a member of St. Alphonsus Church, where he attends Teen Life/Edge nights in addition to volunteering at the Harvest Home parish dinner and a local, church-affiliated retirement home. Additionally, Jurkovec coaches youth basketball and assists in the care of his family’s foster child. “I have been coaching for 28 years,” said Seneca Valley head coach Ron Butschle. “I have coached four D1 quarterbacks (and) Phil Jurkovec is far and away, not only the best high school quarterback I have ever seen personally, but he is the best high school football player I have ever seen personally. The guys I have coached were all tremendous. Jurkovec’s combination of size, speed, arm strength, passing accuracy, poise, and decision making make him beyond comparison.”