3-star Dlineman has Cards among favorites

Patrick Kuntz of Roncalli High School in Indianapolis is a 3-star defensive line prospect with numerous offers.

While Louisville's offense is deep with talent at all positions, the U of L coaching staff is currently hard at work searching for the right players to develop a pool of talent that would create a similar rotation at all positions on the defensive side of the ball.

Prospects such as Central's James McKinney and Ballard's Earl Heyman are familiar to most and while commitments from either or both of them would quickly bolster U of L's defensive line needs, more prospects are needed to build a solid foundation.

One such defensive line prospect is Patrick Kuntz of Roncalli High School in Indianapolis. At 6-foot-4, 255-pounds, Kuntz, a 3-star prospect, has the size to play at either defensive end or tackle.

On Sunday Kuntz and teammate Tim Sergi both made the short drive from Naptown to the River City and made unofficial visits to Louisville for the Cardinals home opener against Kentucky.

"I thought it was great," Kuntz explained. "The team looked really good and the energy in the stadium was amazing. When [Brian] Brohm came in so early you could tell how good he was. I enjoyed watching the team because it gave me an idea of who I would be playing with if I decide to go there."

With nine scholarship offers to date, which includes Louisville, Duke, Indiana and Michigan State, Kuntz will have plenty of options when making a decision.

However, seven teams, including Louisville, currently top his list. "Louisville is definately up there," Kuntz said. "My seven favorites are Michigan State, Indiana, Duke, Louisville, Boston College, Notre Dame and Michigan."

During his visit to Louisville on Sunday, Kuntz had an opportunity to visit with head coach Bobby Petrino, Jeff Brohm, who recruits the Indianapolis area and defensive line coach Kevin Wolthausen.

"They told me how much they wanted me there and how I was apart of their plan," Kuntz explained. "The defensive line coach said I could be apart of their future and that I could get early playing time. Maybe not my freshman year, but probably by my sophomore year."

Kuntz also explained that he welcomes an opportunity to redshirt and further develop, which would make him a strong asset to the Louisville program in helping the team develop much needed line depth.

While he enjoyed his trip to U of L, Kuntz isn't in a rush to decide. "I plan on taking my five official visits. I know I am going to visit Duke, Louisville, Indiana and Michigan State. I'll probably take my visits during December and January and then decide."

Roncalli High School is currently the #1-ranked team in Class 4A and 2nd-ranked team overall. They are off to a 3-0 start in their quest for a third straight state title.

NOTE: Teammate Tim Sergi, who joined Kuntz on his visit, is a candidate for Indiana's Mr. Football. He is Roncalli's starting running back, but is being recruited by most as an athlete.


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