Name: Markus Kuhn
Hometown: Viernheim, Germany
High School: Weinheim
NOTES: Markus Kuhn, who is already 20 years old, checks in at 6-foot-5 and 275 pounds. He stated that prior to departing for the United States he was timed in the 40-yard dash and posted a 4.79. Because of his quickness and athleticism, his club team, Weinheim, used him mainly as an outside linebacker.
"I'm 275 pounds right now, and I'm right at 6-foot-5. I used to play linebacker in Germany because they say I'm too fast for the defensive line, but in the states I think that will be different. I won't mind playing defensive line. I just like playing defense."
The talented athlete pointed out that in Germany individual stats don't carry the same weight they do in the United States. He starred for the Weinheim Longhorns, an amateur club football team consisting of players ranging in age from 15-20.
"We don't really do that in Germany," Kuhn said, laughing. "All I know is that I was the leading tackler for my team, but we don't keep the individual stats.
"I played a lot of positions for my team because my coach felt that I was the best player. They also played me some at quarterback, running back, and tight end. I've been on the all-star team all four years, and I was Rookie of the Year in our league my first season with Weinheim. I've been our defensive MVP every year, and so I've won a lot of individual awards, but I don't know the stats."
"I used to play linebacker
in Germany because they say
I'm too fast for the defensive line."
Kuhn received scholarship offers and interest from a host of universities, but he believes the fact that he didn't play high school football in the United States and is still mainly an unknown prevented him from receiving even more attention.
"Both the University of Virginia and Hawaii had offered me scholarships," said Kuhn. "Some other smaller programs had as well... they also wanted me to take visits and Cal-Berkley was showing a lot of interest. They wanted me to visit too. I think it could have been a bigger process for me, but I was more of an unknown because of my background.
"I can certainly understand why some colleges may have questions because I didn't play here in the United States. They may feel they can go and get an American high school player that they know more about, but I feel good to be at NC State. I think you want to get a degree and play with a good football team, and for me NC State is the best choice. Virginia wanted me to visit again before I headed back to Germany, but I won't be doing that."
Kuhn originally committed to NC State last summer but reaffirmed his commitment this week after meeting with the Wolfpack's new coaching staff while on an unofficial visit.
"It's amazing," he said. "Especially if you're from Germany like I am... you don't have facilities like this. Some professional soccer teams have facilities like this, but there's really nothing in Germany that can top this.
SCOUTING REPORT: "The former NC State staff apparently went to great lengths to keep defensive end Markus Kuhn a secret. Although he committed to the Wolfpack last July, it took six months before the cat was let out of the bag. It's a safe bet that the Pack coaches hoped to keep the German star a secret and off the recruiting lists of opposing schools.
"What jumps out with Kuhn are his physical attributes. At 6-5, 275 pounds, he is extremely well-developed, lean and goes all out on every play. Although he played linebacker for his Weinheim squad, Kuhn will likely project at defensive tackle or defensive end at NC State.
"Physically Kuhn has everything a coach wants in a defensive lineman. He will simply need time to develop those raw skills and translate it into production on the division one level. Kuhn also has a tremendous attitude and will be very coachable. With time, he should develop into a solid contributor along the Pack's defensive line." -- Pack Pride Recruiting Analyst Steve Williams
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