While the outcome of the game didn't go in Kurtz or his teammates favor, he did show well in poor weather conditions and is a player who should gain more interest in the coming months.
Hometown: Louisville, Kentucky
High School: St. Xavier HS
HT: 6-5 / WT: 265
High School Position: Offensive Tackle
With Kentucky and Cincinnati both in attendance, John Kurtz looked to open a few eyes against defending Ohio Division One Champion, Cincinnati (Ohio) Moeller.
How has the recruiting process been going for Kurtz?
NOTE: Cincinnati offered Kurtz late on Wednesday night.
Who has Kurtz been talking to at Cincinnati and Illinois?
"I've been talking with wide receivers coach Blake Rolan at Cincinnati and with recruiting coordinator Alex Golesh and offensive line coach A.J. Ricker at Illinois," he said. "I attended camp at both schools and also visited Illinois on a day visit where they showed me around."
EVALUATION ON JOHN KURTZ
WHAT TO LIKE
Long frame with the long arms college offensive line coaches love to see. With above average feet, Kurtz is a natural bender who is capable of going lateral or vertical to reach second level defenders. Can play tackle or guard at the next level.
WHAT NEEDS WORK
Kurtz will need to add strength and weight and that is now a major concern as he's got a frame capable of adding weight without losing athletic ability. Work on fine tuning his technique is needed as he has a tendency of getting his elbows outside of his frame almost like making wings. However, this is something that can be coached and changed.
If Kurtz played in a different state than Kentucky, his stock and offer list would be higher in our opinion. Under the radar prospect that we caught in camp and liked, however, seeing him in game action gave us a better sense of his future as a college offensive lineman. Kurtz plays against a high level of competition and we caught him against one of Ohio's top programs in Moeller. While a solid prospect at this stage of his development, we feel his best football is ahead of him as he gets in a weight program fulltime and does extended work on technique. Will make someone a solid offensive lineman at the college level.