Former Ohio State recruit signs paperwork with UGA

August 30, 2014 Athens, GA: Georgia head coach Mark Richt celebrates the Bulldogs win over Clemson Saturday August 30, 2014 in Athens.  BRANT SANDERLIN / BSANDERLIN@AJC.COM  .

Mark Richt (Brant Sanderlin/AJC)

Mirko Jurkovic is one step closer to becoming an official member of UGA’s 2015 football recruiting class.

Jurkovic, who signed with Ohio State last February but was not admitted,, told the AJC on Wednesday that he signed his financial aid papers with UGA.

“It’s a lot of weight off the shoulders,” Jurkovic said. “I can finally stop worrying about finding a college and get ready for training camp.”

The 6-foot-5, 275-pounder talked with UGA offensive line coach Rob Sale and other Bulldogs staff on Wednesday to confirm an official visit to campus next Monday.

Mirko Jurkovic (247sports)

Mirko Jurkovic (247sports)

“I’m excited to see what Athens is all about and I’m excited to meet the players,” Jurkovic said. “I’m looking forward to building good relationships with everyone that’s there.”

Jurkovic won’t be an official UGA recruit until he attends his first day of college classes with the Bulldogs later this summer. NCAA rules prevent a student-athlete from signing two national letters-of-intent (NLI) in the same calendar year. Because Jurkovic signed an NLI with Ohio State in February, he is not permitted to sign one again with UGA. He simply signed financial-aid papers, which are non-binding to Jurkovic.

Should UGA be worried that Jurkovic might change his mind before he is scheduled to report to UGA’s training camp on Aug. 2? Jurkovic told the AJC that he informed other schools such as Florida and Notre Dame that his recruitment “is over.”

“I have no doubt in my mind that I made the right decision,” he said.

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