Kuhns, a senior quarterback at Baltimore Calvert Hill, accepted a walk-on spot at Michigan State on Monday.
"I was very, very, very excited," he said. "I felt it was a great opportunity. I still think upon committing that it's going to be a great opportunity for me to grow and mature there through this process."
Kuhns had committed to Cornell in October over offers from Toledo, Eastern Kentucky, Youngstown State and others. But with Ivy League scholarships being a finicky business, it became clear to him as signing day approached that he might be best served by looking for walk on positions.
He saw the potential to play football at a higher level and Georgia came calling initially, so he took an official visit down to Athens.
"I was born in the South down there in Georgia so I know the program pretty well," he said.
Once the thought of Michigan State was brought up by current Spartan' linebacker Darien Harris' father, it changed things. Michigan State, after all, was on the search for a solid walk-on quarterback since Chris Durkin decommitted and flipped to Virginia Tech in December.
"I've been training with his father for the past four or five years now," he said. "They told me Michigan State might be an option and we will put a word in for you and that type of things. From there, Darien talked to Coach (Brad) Salem, Coach Salem evaluated my tape and so did Coach Dantonio and the rest of their staff. They went full throttle to get me a walk on spot."
A talk with Dantonio and getting the feeling that Michigan State provided a better opportunity led to the Spartans being the choice. He took his official visit on March 29 and made his decision about 10 days later.
"I just remember coming out of that conversation thinking about how excited I was to play football at the next level," he said. "That stuck in my mind and when I put the rest of the pieces together, there was no question on where I was going to school. …
"Overall, it was a better opportunity for me to come in and mature for the future."
Now, as he gets ready to get his future in East Lansing underway, he is excited for what he can bring to the program.
"Definitely the ability to lead," he said. "I can say confidently in high school I played against some of the best competition, like kids of Darien's caliber from DeMatha that I've played against, they are going to Big Ten schools. …
"I think that's prepared me to come in and be able to grab hold of the leadership role as a quarterback on a team."