As part of National Letter of Intent Signing Day, Times Shamrock newspapers’ Penn State football beat writer Donnie Collins is breaking down every member of Penn State’s 2018 recruiting class. This is a look at tight end Zack Kuntz, who is ranked as the No. 4 tight end prospect in the nation by both Rivals and 247sports.
School: Camp Hill HS
Projected position: Tight end
Ranking: Four stars by 247sports, Rivals.com and ESPN
Status: Signed LOI in December; Enrolled Spring 2018
Other offers: Alabama, Duke, Florida State, LSU, Maryland, Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oregon, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Syracuse, Tennessee, Virginia Tech, West Virginia.
Projection: Like his recruiting classmate Pat Freiermuth, Kuntz will have a shot to contribute very early at Penn State, especially considering he is already enrolled for the spring semester and can participate with the squad in camp next month. But there are some tests he’s going to have to pass before the Nittany Lions look at him as a serious contributor. For starters, some list him at 220 pounds, others higher; and the truth is he looks and plays somewhere in the middle. Also, he played wideout in high school, and there is no film at all of him blocking defensive linemen, which is obviously an essential part of what a tight end’s role is at Penn State. And, while there should be some questions about his straight-line speed, he looks especially quick for a player his size. He can juke a defender on a route, especially a stiffer safety. His potential made him one of the most sought-after tight ends in the nation, but he’s not a finished product, and the staff is going to have to make big strides to get him on the field this fall. If not, he’ll look to contribute as a redshirt freshman in 2019. But Penn State could really use Kuntz sooner.