The Skinny on D-Lineman Pat Kuntz
Patrick Kuntz
Patrick Kuntz
Midwest Recruiting Analyst
Posted Jul 15, 2004
Chris Pool, TheInsiders.com


Indianapolis defensive lineman Patrick Kuntz doesn't have to show recruiters he can play football in 2004, he'll need to convince them that he can add weight to his solid 255-pound frame.

“I have scholarship offers from Indiana, Duke, Louisville, Cincinnati, Miami (Ohio), Northern Illinois, Ball State and Western Michigan,” said defensive end Patrick Kuntz.

“This summer, I camped at Northwestern, Miami (Ohio), Cincinnati, Indiana, Illinois, Purdue, Michigan, Notre Dame and Michigan State.

“I thought I did very well at all my camps. At Michigan and Michigan State I was never beat when we were doing one on one drills.”

Kuntz, a 6-foot-4, 255-pounder from Indianapolis (Ind.) Roncalli had 120 tackles, 24 tackles for loss and 10 sacks.

Patrick along with teammates Jason Werner (Purdue) and Tim Sergi helped lead Roncalli to a state championship in 2003.

Word around the Big Ten campfire this summer is that Kuntz looks great but the college coaches don’t think he’s fast enough to play defensive end at their level and they don’t know if he has the frame to add weight to play defensive tackle in the Big Ten either.

“I know Purdue was concerned with my size but Michigan, Michigan State and Notre Dame all feel like I can add the weight. Some schools want to move me to a 3-techniqe (defensive tackle) and Michigan State says I’m a 5-technique (defensive end).” Kuntz said.

Does Kuntz have a leader now as we hit mid-July?

“My favorites are Indiana, Louisville, Duke, Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame and Purdue. I don’t have a leader. I’ll probably wait until January before I make any kind of commitment.”

Extra Point -- I absolutely loved Kuntz on film but I can see why the college recruiters at least in the Big Ten and Notre Dame are taking the cautious approach. Indiana is the only school in the Big Ten that has said that Patrick could play defensive end. If he’s to move inside and play defensive tackle, he’ll need to put on weight and the jury is still out if his frame could hold any more weight.

Coaches at the schools that Kuntz camped with have all said that this young man looks great and he’s a cut-up 250-pounds and he has a great work ethic and motor but the need to add weight is the biggest reason why he doesn’t have offers from the entire Big Ten.

Several schools are already requesting to see the first three games of Roncalli’s 2004 season and they’ll make an offer decision on Kuntz after watching those tapes.


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