Receiver Scott Kuehn Looks To Fulfill Dream

What do you do when you want to earn a college football scholarship but have not yet attracted major college attention? If you are receiver Scott Kuehn of Waubonsie Valley, you follow a rigorous workout regimen, attend camps and combines, distribute your highlight video, and hope someone notices.

Waubonsie Valley receiver Scott Kuehn is on a mission. A Special Mention Illinois All-Stater as a junior, Scott has a dream of playing major college football. Some years, he would be the highest rated prospect at his position in the Chicago Suburbs. But he is presently overshadowed by superstars Kyle Prater and Corey Cooper.

As a slot receiver last fall, Kuehn caught 61 passes for 687 yards and 9 touchdowns, breaking the record set by NFL performer R. J. Luke. He starred for his freshman and sophomore teams, and he expects to be utilized heavily his senior season, including field goals where he has a 45 yarder to his credit.

"Besides wide receiver, I'm gonna kick and punt and do punt returns as well," Scott explains. "My longest punt is 60 yards, but I'm usually in the 38-40 range."

Observed at a recent Scout 7 on 7 camp in Columbus, Ohio, Scott showed excellent route running, toughness and aggressiveness in battling defenders for position, and the ability to catch everything in his vicinity. He was the third option for an Illinois team that included Prater and Cooper, but he held his own.

As proof of his athleticism and development through work with a personal trainer, he ran a 4.54 forty yard dash at a recent NUC Junior Combine and was named "Fastest Man" in the camp. He improved his vertical leap from 27" to 29.5" and his standing broad jump from 8'-7" to 9'-4."

Scott was actually the second receiving target for Waubonsie Valley last fall behind a graduated senior. He was the recipient of a number of bubble screens and swing passes, where he could use his speed and strenth to gain many yards after the catch. However, a change of offensive philosophy may require a different role from him this fall.

"Last year, we were more of a spread offense. We didn't have a definite running back. So that worked out well for me. But this year, we'll have more running downs with a drop back quarterback coming in. We'll see how that goes this year."

Kuehn isn't picky about what position he plays in college, as long as it is at a quality school.

"They cross-trained me at safety. I'm a receiver, but I'll play defense if they want me to."

The 6'-0", 180 pounder has no official scholarship offers as yet, but he is receiving interest from Arizona, Northern Illinois, Ball State, Western Michigan, Northwestern Missouri, Wyoming, Ohio State and Iowa State. His Illinois mail has picked up lately. A number of Division 1 and Division 2 colleges are encouraging him to attend one-day camps this summer.

Scott has been invited to attend the Nike Combine in Champaign June 6th, and he is deciding what camps to attend. He has prepared a slick personal history history to share with those who receive his highlight DVD. He is doing everything he can to get noticed.

Scott Kuehn is ambitious and is hungry to reach his goals. He won't rest until he has done so.


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