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Get To Know Top 2018 Football Commit Zack Kuntz

Penn State football celebrated more than a victory on the field last Saturday. Obviously, beating Michigan State was integral in securing the Lions’ spot in the Big Ten Championship. But the football staff was able to celebrate another victory mere hours before the game started after landing the No. 1 tight end in the nation for the Class of 2018 in Zack Kuntz. The tight end tweeted at 3 p.m. on Saturday that he was officially committed to Penn State.

Kuntz comes from Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, a small town about an hour and a half from State College. The youngest of five kids, he’s following in older brothers’ Christian and Brandon’s footsteps in choosing to play at Penn State. We all know him for his incredible football skills, but Kuntz is also an amazing basketball player, already at 500 points after just two high school seasons. We guess it helps when you’re 6’7″ and have been able to dunk since the eighth grade. He’s a track star, too. As a mere freshman, Kuntz won four gold medals at the District 3 Class AA championships. He won gold for the 110 Hurdles, 300 Hurdles, 4×100 relay, and 4×400 relay.

Meet the future:

Onward State: Are you relieved that the recruitment process is over?

Zack Kuntz: Yes, it’s definitely a huge weight lifted off my shoulders!

OS: What made you choose Penn State over all of the other schools that made you offers?

ZK: Well, Penn State has always been a special place for me and my family, and in the end I thought it would be the school that benefited me the most for the future.

OS: How does it feel following in your older brothers’ footsteps?

ZK: It’s awesome to be able to follow in in their footsteps and carry on their legacy.

OS: Did you always know you wanted to go to school to play football? Did you ever consider other sports?

ZK: I’ve always wanted to play football in college.

OS: What’s it like to watch this season’s Penn State team and see the success that they’ve had?

ZK: It’s awesome to see them doing well these past few games! They are on the rise and I’m happy I can contribute to that success in a couple years.

OS: What are you most excited about in coming to Penn State?

ZK: I’m excited about just starting my own journey up at State College and doing whatever I can to help the program and bring them back to the top.

OS: Who’s your favorite NFL football player?

ZK: Rob Gronkowski.

See you in Happy Valley soon!

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Mary Frances Pillion

Mary Frances is a senior from Mechanicsburg, PA. She is double-majoring in Supply Chain and French and is a photographer and occasional writer for Onward State. She is an avid lover of weenie dogs, macaroni and cheese, and the Pittsburgh Penguins. She is also the Vice President of Lion Scouts and you'll often catch her running into things as she walks backwards around campus giving tours. To contact Mary Frances, email her at [email protected], or if you're feeling particularly generous, follow her on Twitter @maryfranny2.

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