Bearcats Get Their Man

The need at offensive line was a major need in the 2014 recruiting class for Cincinnati. Wednesday night the Bearcats got their man.

Wednesday night Louisville (Ky.) St. Xavier offensive lineman John Kurtz gave Bearcats offensive line coach Darren Hiller his verbal pledge.

"I just committed to Cincinnati," Kurtz told Bearcat Insider. "I didn't know much about Cincinnati other than what I saw at camp. So I went up here and watched the team in live action at the stadium and it just seemed like a great place all around."

Kurtz was sold after having a chance to speak with several members of the staff including Hiller.

"All the coaches seem like people I could trust and I could work for," he said. "However, what really sold me was the meeting with offensive line coach Darren Hiller.

"Coach Hiller spoke with me and my parents for about a half-an-hour and just the more we talked the more comfortable I felt with everything. After I walked out of our meeting, I wanted to play football at the University of Cincinnati."

Kurtz didn't take the easy road to college football having earned his way during the summer at Bearcats summer camp. However, in the end his camp experience started the early relationship that would help him become a Bearcat.

"When I attended camp this past summer Coach Hiller seemed cool and the way he coaches I like," said Kurtz. "I noticed he can get on you, but makes you feel comfortable and makes you want to work for him. So once they offered, I spoke with him a few times and felt really comfortable.

"I haven't seen anything negative out of him or heard anything negative about him. I've been told position coaches are like you dad for the next four of five years and when I walked out of our meeting, I told my parents I felt comfortable with him and they agreed that helped me make my decision."

Another thing helping Kurtz is family off the field being in the Queen City.

"The whole side of my mother's family lives in Cincinnati," he said. "I have a cousin who plays football at Elder and I have another part of my family up there. It's an easy drive, a quick drive. I also wanted to leave the state for college and Cincinnati allows that without being too far from home. So the location is really perfect in what I wanted from a college."

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