LOI #9: Markus Kuhn

Viernheim (Germany) Weinheim defensive lineman Markus Kuhn has signed with NC State!

DL Markus Kuhn
6-5, 275 pounds, 4.79 seconds in the 40
Viernheim (Germany) Weinheim

Prospect Ranking: Kuhn has been rated a three-star prospect by Scout.com.

Accomplishments: Playing in the German Youth League for Weinheim, Kuhn was named Rookie of the Year his first season. He was a four-time All-Star selection and three-time defensive Player of the Year for his squad.

Academics: Kuhn projects as an academic qualifier.

The Recruiting Scene: 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 in January after meeting with the Wolfpack's new coaching staff while on an unofficial visit.

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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