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Posted: Wed Feb 03, 2010 11:05 am

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Just to reprise J.D.'s comments:

So, after making his official visit this past weekend,.... gave a verbal commitment to attend and play football at Lafayette College in Easton.

"All the schools I was looking at had great football and great academics," Dzurko said. "I think when I visited there, I just connected with everybody there - the players, the coaches, the faculty, their engineering department. It felt right. I felt like I belonged there."

....at Lafayette, I got a different feeling. I felt like I'd have a good time up there no matter what and the coaching staff would make me the best football player I could possibly be. That's one of the things that helped me make my choice."

...."They've spent a lot of time and effort building the best team they can have," Dzurko said. "They have a great facility and they get a crazy amount of people for games, especially the Lehigh game. You can tell football is a big thing in that town."////////

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Posted: Wed Feb 03, 2010 11:08 am

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BillS wrote:
All i found is this.,is there another link.

http://www.recruitrecon.com/index...k=view&id=3710&Itemid=342


Bill, I posted a link in this thread. Basically, what the ud fans are saying is that a scholarship opened up for them and they offered Dzurko last night. They say he accepted.

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Posted: Wed Feb 03, 2010 2:04 pm

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scout.com now lists him as a Delaware commit. Takes a lot of air out of our balloon. Kid can back out on his word, but what hurts is that staff had him in the bank and surely passed on other kids because of it. Stinks. Another reason to hate delaware. I'll be following this kid's career, count on it. Best of luck to him.

Add North Penn to the list w/ bergen cath and hazleton area, pls.

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Posted: Wed Feb 03, 2010 2:17 pm

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Matt Alkire (a jackass?) has this to say at scout.com:

About a week ago, North Penn High School offensive lineman J.D. Dzurko committed to Lafayette, however right after that happened Delaware swooped in with an offer and on signing day, that was too good to pass up.

J.D. Dzurko was always a player we felt was under-appreciated in the recruiting process, so when we learned on Wednesday that he signed a letter of intent with Delaware we were glad to hear he landed with a high quality FCS-level program. ////

We'll see if Dzurko's performance at delaware lives up to Mr Alkire's evaluation of him at this "quality program."

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Posted: Wed Feb 03, 2010 2:21 pm

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I concur with your assessment of Alkire as a jackass - lets see if KC and the Blue Chickens give young JD all he was apparently looking for in a college.    I may wish him well, but he did it the wrong way.

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Posted: Wed Feb 03, 2010 2:55 pm

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I expect Delaware fans to belittle Lafayette and the Patriot League (they all seem to forget their roots) because that is their norm. I do hope, however, that we do not later find the more avidly zealous among them attributing like-minded thoughts to this young man - if, indeed, he now has accepted a scholarship to play in Newark. It will be difficult enough for him to back away from his rather public commitment to Lafayette without the Blue Hen crowd making it more so.


EDIT: Curious how these things work - as of 3:00 PM today, scout.com describes Lafayette as having "no interest" in this player.


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Posted: Wed Feb 03, 2010 3:03 pm

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Bogus Megapardus wrote:
I expect Delaware fans to belittle Lafayette and the Patriot League (they all seem to forget their roots) because that is their norm. I do hope, however, that we do not later find the more avidly zealous among them attributing like-minded thoughts to this young man - if, indeed, he now has accepted a scholarship to play in Newark. It will be difficult enough for him to back away from his rather public commitment to Lafayette without the Blue Hen crowd making it more so.


Actually, here's a quote from a bluhen fan about the kid (rob forst) who switched from ud to rutgers,( pissing off keeler in the process) thereby freeing up the scholarship for Dzurko:

72 Hen wrote:
Rutgers always was his first choice. I beleive he gave a verbal commitment to us because they didn't have any scholarships left. They probably lost a commitment themself and then called him with a late offer. This happens all over the country. You would hope a kid has enough fortitude to make his yes mean yes, but that's not always the case.////

Pretty funny.


http://www.gohens.net/boards/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=9959

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Posted: Wed Feb 03, 2010 3:14 pm

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Andy wrote:
pissing off keeler in the process


Without knowing, I would imagine that Keeler didn't give a second thought to the impact of his machinations vis-s-vis the Leopards.  I suppose he could be of the mind that if Lafayette didn't like it, it could do something about it on the football field.  And he would be right.  For a lot of kids, we still can't compete with free, no matter how many signing day parties we have.

We (and the rest of the league) offer a far superior education across the board.  Somehow I don't think that "quality of education" is one of the arrows in Keeler's recruiting quiver, however.  I could be wrong.

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Posted: Thu Feb 04, 2010 10:38 am

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carney2 wrote:
DaveR wrote:
carney2 wrote:
Even I am happy.

You forgot these: Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy


Curmudgeons don't do smiley faces.

Now I know why.   Mad
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Posted: Thu Feb 04, 2010 12:22 pm

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Dzurko (pronounced "jerk-o," I believe) article:

Not a hint of an apology for backing out of his commitment.

http://doylestownalive.com/news/NewsStory.cfm?NewsItemID=3934019

"It was pretty unexpected," said Dzurko, a senior offensive tackle for North Penn. "I'd committed to Lafayette. I was like, 'All right, I'm finally done with recruiting. I can cruise for the rest of the year.'

"Friday, coach (Dick Beck) called me into his office and told me that Delaware offered me a scholarship. I was speechless. I decided, I really couldn't say no to Delaware."//////////////////////////

http://papreps.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=1048069

LATE OFFER SENDS DZURKO TO DELAWARE

Last week, North Penn offensive lineman JD Dzurko verbally committed to Lafayette College.

But a last-minute offer caused Dzurko to have a change of heart.

Today, the University of Delaware confirmed that it has received Dzurko's letter of intent and the Knight stand-out will indeed play football there next year.

In a press release, the Delaware athletic department said that Dzurko has great versatility and that he gives the team a lot of options on the offensive line.

Dzurko's father, John Dzurko, said Delaware came through with an offer on Friday, and that it caught everyone off guard.

"We thought he was off (Delaware's) radar," the elder Dzurko said. "After a lot of serious thought, JD thought Delaware was the better place for him to be." /////////////////////

Best of luck to him and Coach Keeler.

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Posted: Thu Feb 04, 2010 1:24 pm

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Keeler - Do unto others . . . etc.  May all his kindnesses be returned to him tenfold.

But who cares about Dzurko when we can have "Jet" Kollie fielding punts.  Watch him outrun everyone (including his blockers). This ought to add some excitement to the return game.

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Posted: Thu Feb 04, 2010 1:36 pm

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Bogus Megapardus wrote:
Keeler - Do unto others . . . etc. May all his kindnesses be returned to him tenfold.

But who cares about Dzurko when we can have "Jet" Kollie fielding punts. Watch him outrun everyone (including his blockers). This ought to add some excitement to the return game.


Oh yeah!  Cant wait and we have four years to watch him.  Coach T was funny commenting about all the assistants lobbying on behalf of The Jet.  The Jet comes with a high fun factor for us fans.  Love it!

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Posted: Thu Feb 04, 2010 2:00 pm

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Andy wrote:
Bogus Megapardus wrote:
Keeler - Do unto others . . . etc. May all his kindnesses be returned to him tenfold.

But who cares about Dzurko when we can have "Jet" Kollie fielding punts. Watch him outrun everyone (including his blockers). This ought to add some excitement to the return game.


Oh yeah! Cant wait and we have four years to watch him. Coach T was funny commenting about all the assistants lobbying on behalf of The Jet. The Jet comes with a high fun factor for us fans. Love it!


This kid reminds me of Brandon Stanford

Having another Brandon Stanford would be awesome

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Posted: Thu Feb 04, 2010 3:03 pm

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Notice how The Jet protects the ball as well.  This is a good thing.

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Posted: Thu Feb 04, 2010 9:28 pm

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I hope we play Delaware in the playoffs in the coming years. And win. And taunt jerk-o when he eats the Jet's dust.

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Posted: Thu Feb 04, 2010 9:48 pm

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Pard4Life wrote:
I hope we play Delaware in the playoffs in the coming years. And win. And taunt jerk-o when he eats the Jet's dust.


Hah! (no taunting, pls! Smile )First he has to make it to the field over all those transfers they'll bring in. I wonder if that young scout.com reporter is even aware that little Lafayette College had the "quality FCS level program" sweating bullets in the 4th quarter in the playoffs a few years back? I'll never forget how our kids won over the network announcers, made believers of them as the game wore on.

The ink on the LOI isnt even dry yet and the kids father ("zdad") (or someone apparently posturing as the father) is posting on the "quality FCS level program's" message board. Of course, there's this thread after the kid "committed" here:

http://papreps.rivals.com/showmsg...974980&style=2&Override=1

Makes one wonder who actually made the decision.

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Posted: Fri Feb 05, 2010 8:10 am

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It seems that all things happen for a reason.  Perhaps the decision came down to a convenient parking space at the Tub for zDad.  Who knows.  I'll never reveal the double-secret location of my prized game-day parking space in the alley behind CHT.  Never.

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Posted: Fri Nov 02, 2012 2:30 pm

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Hello,
   I just stumbled onto this thread in while surfing Google, and I'd like to clear a few things up.   I think a little background on the whole recruiting thing is in order.  I want everyone to know there was no malice, and that Lafayette is held in high regard in our household.

It was known all along that Delaware was going to offer two linemen that year.  JD was one of three they were considering and all were relatively equal. JDs visits to UD were all great, and it was clearly his first choice.   UD, however, decided to offer the other two young men first, and they both commited, so at that point the only option with UD was to walk on, which he didn't want to do.   Penn's inner city location was something undesireable to JD, so we called and ruled them out.    That left Lafayette and HC.   He took his official visits there and while both schools were very good, Lafayette proved far superior.  Knowing his decision at that point was LAfayette or Holy Cross, JD happily committed to Coach Tavani at the end of the visit.   At that point, he was done.   We bought out the Layfayette bookstore....shirts, hats, decals, etc.   The stress of the recruiting grind was over, and the way to end the nightly calls at home from coaches and the press was to tell everyone we were done.    The Friday before National Siging Day, UD called and offered a full ride.  It turns out one of the other two that had commited, got an offer from Rutgers, and accepted it. (As it turns out the young man never went to Rutgers, deciding to not play college ball).   Frankly, JD had a lot of concern, having made his commitment to Coach Tavani personally.  Our guidance to him, as his parents, was to consider this option, as UD was always at the top of his list.   By some serendipity, an offer arrived, so he should seriously consider it.   We would support whatever he decided.   Coach Tavani was in contact immediately, because a change of mind would dramatically affect their recruiting as well.    In the end, JD chose UD.    I have to say that his call with Coach Tavani, and my conversation with the coach that night showed the class he has.   Coach Tavani was gracious, and kind to my son.   He knew this wasn't an easy thing for JD, and he treated my son with great respect.  That's not something he got from some other coaches.  For that, Lafayette will always have my support and backing.   I still proudly wear my Leopards golf shirt, and when asked, I give high praise to the school and the football program.

Recruiting looks like fun, but it is full of stress and frankly, not a fun experience.   My son's experience is a classic example of that.  What happened, he and we could never have expected.   Fortunately, things are going well at UD, and it good to see Lafayette having a winning season in 2012.

Go Leopards.   Beat Lehigh.

JDs Dad

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Posted: Fri Nov 02, 2012 3:01 pm

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zdad59 wrote:
Hello,
I just stumbled onto this thread in while surfing Google, and I'd like to clear a few things up. I think a little background on the whole recruiting thing is in order. I want everyone to know there was no malice, and that Lafayette is held in high regard in our household.

It was known all along that Delaware was going to offer two linemen that year. JD was one of three they were considering and all were relatively equal. JDs visits to UD were all great, and it was clearly his first choice. UD, however, decided to offer the other two young men first, and they both commited, so at that point the only option with UD was to walk on, which he didn't want to do. Penn's inner city location was something undesireable to JD, so we called and ruled them out. That left Lafayette and HC. He took his official visits there and while both schools were very good, Lafayette proved far superior. Knowing his decision at that point was LAfayette or Holy Cross, JD happily committed to Coach Tavani at the end of the visit. At that point, he was done. We bought out the Layfayette bookstore....shirts, hats, decals, etc. The stress of the recruiting grind was over, and the way to end the nightly calls at home from coaches and the press was to tell everyone we were done. The Friday before National Siging Day, UD called and offered a full ride. It turns out one of the other two that had commited, got an offer from Rutgers, and accepted it. (As it turns out the young man never went to Rutgers, deciding to not play college ball). Frankly, JD had a lot of concern, having made his commitment to Coach Tavani personally. Our guidance to him, as his parents, was to consider this option, as UD was always at the top of his list. By some serendipity, an offer arrived, so he should seriously consider it. We would support whatever he decided. Coach Tavani was in contact immediately, because a change of mind would dramatically affect their recruiting as well. In the end, JD chose UD. I have to say that his call with Coach Tavani, and my conversation with the coach that night showed the class he has. Coach Tavani was gracious, and kind to my son. He knew this wasn't an easy thing for JD, and he treated my son with great respect. That's not something he got from some other coaches. For that, Lafayette will always have my support and backing. I still proudly wear my Leopards golf shirt, and when asked, I give high praise to the school and the football program.

Recruiting looks like fun, but it is full of stress and frankly, not a fun experience. My son's experience is a classic example of that. What happened, he and we could never have expected. Fortunately, things are going well at UD, and it good to see Lafayette having a winning season in 2012.

Go Leopards. Beat Lehigh.

JDs Dad


Good luck to your son moving forward.

By the way he made the right decision going by our record the last 3 years Crying or Very sad

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Posted: Fri Nov 02, 2012 3:31 pm

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Franks Tanks wrote:

Good luck to your son moving forward.

By the way he made the right decision going by our record the last 3 years Crying or Very sad


As a dad, it's not all about record.   Be proud of the program you have there.  And as I said, my respect for coach Tavani and coach Clayton is very high.   Lafayette is class.

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