With the loss of two great senior offensive linemen in Austen Bujnoch and Sam Longo, the Bearcats needed to focus on rebuilding the offensive line and they started with recruiting an athletic tackle from St. Xavier High School in Louisville, Kentucky.
John Kurtz is a 6-5, 260 pound Offensive Tackle who received offers from Ball State, Toldeo, and Ohio University but ultimately decided to take his talents to the Queen City. In his senior year for the Tigers, the offense averaged 28.9 points per game and racked up an amazing stat of over 2,300 yards rushing as a team.
But Kurtz's personal accaolades is what stands out. He was First Team AP All-State, he has started 25 consecutive games which speaks volumes for his durability, and he is a 2-time First Team All-District. Insider caught up with Kurtz and talked about Signing Day and what was the deciding factor to come to UC.
"It's a big relief now that it's all over," Kurtz said about Signing Day. "I had been fully committed for a few months now but signing the NLI made me feel great because now it's official and I am a part of UC Football."
"The fans, the players and the coaches showed so much energy and that's what I liked. The more I talked to the coaches, the more comfortable I felt. And to top it off, it is pretty close to home and I have some family up in Cincy, so it was just the perfect fit."
Coach Darren Hiller on Krutz: "Kurtz is a prototypical tackle prospect who has grown and developed so much over the last 6-8 months. His effort and toughness are unquestioned. The sky is the limit for him as he begins his ascent in our football program."