The coaching change on the offensive side of the ball at Indiana has been a positive for 2019 in-state prospect Bryce Kirtz. The 6-foot, 165-pound wide receiver from Brownsburg (IN) Brownsburg H.S. spoke to Peegs.com about the connection he has developed with the new offensive staff for the Hoosiers.
Kirtz said that he has been impressed with the offensive coaches at Indiana and with the plan they have for the future of the Hoosiers’ offense.
“I like the fact that they brought in different coaches (on offense) to try and change thing around,” he said. “It really sounds like they have a plan going and that stands out. I just like what they’re trying to do, and how they are really trying to bring in Indiana recruits to make that happen.”
The talented prospect said his relationship with this IU offensive staff is much stronger than it was with the previous coaches that were there.
“I definitely have a better relationship with these coaches than I did with the previous coaches,” Kirtz said. “One time I went on a visit there and I really didn’t talk to anybody. I could’ve said I showed up and not actually have gone and no one would’ve known because no one really talked to me. But when I went on a visit for a spring practice and it was just different with the new coaching staff. Coaches came up and introduced themselves and they were more welcoming than what it was the time I was there with the other coaches.”
Kirtz was able to observe the new Indiana offense during a visit for a spring practice and he liked how much they were throwing the ball to the wideouts.
“When I watched them in practice I could tell that they really like to pass the ball,” he said. “On every possession it seemed like they were passing it as much as they were running it and that is what I really like to see. I also like their up-tempo offense because that is what we run here at Brownsburg. I feel like I could go into IU and already be used to it and adjust to easier than others would.”
As he goes through the recruiting process the athletic wideout will be able to lean on his older brother, Tyler Kirtz, who is a freshman at Ball State and a member of the 2016 recruiting class.
“He has told me to stay humble and not to let the offers I get go to my head and just keep working hard,” he said about the advice his brother has given him on the recruiting process. “He also said to respect every coach that recruits me even if they come from a smaller school.”
This past fall Kirtz had 52 receptions for 831 yards and 11 touchdowns for a Brownsburg team that won eight games.
“I thought we played well last year,” he said about the 2016 season. “We went 8-2 and definitely turned things around from the previous year when we only won around three or four games. For me individually, playing with Hunter (Johnson) really improved my game because he put the ball in places that not many quarterbacks can. I had a couple tough games but I felt like as a sophomore I did well going against older guys. I got better at running routes and my hands got better.”
Kirtz currently has offers from Indiana, Cincinnati, Bowling Green, and Illinois State. He said the offer from IU was big because he believes in what the coaches are doing with the program.
“It was really exciting because it is my home state school,” he said about the offer from the Hoosiers. “I feel like they are building something special so it meant a lot to get that offer.”