Kuhn Enjoys Official Visit

No one can question Markus Kuhn's commitment to NC State. The Viernheim (Germany) defensive lineman committed and signed with the Wolfpack despite never taking an official visit to the ACC school.

No one can question Markus Kuhn's commitment to NC State. The Viernheim (Germany) defensive lineman committed and signed with the Wolfpack despite never taking an official visit to the ACC school.

Kuhn was finally able to officially visit NC State two weeks ago when he was in Raleigh for the Wolfpack's annual Red/White Game.

"Yes, I was in Raleigh for the game and that was my official visit," said Kuhn. "I flew in on Thursday, and I left Saturday after the game. Everybody I met was so friendly and so cool. I really enjoyed the trip a lot, and it was so much fun. They showed me around the campus, and I got to meet all the players.

"The game was amazing. In Germany, if we have a game against big opponents, we may have about 1,000 or 1,500 fans show up for it. That was the most I ever saw in Germany. At NC State, you have close to 15,000 people for a scrimmage. I just thought those people were crazy. I've never seen that in my entire life before. We have the best fans. If a scrimmage is like that, I can't wait to see what the real game will be like."

Kuhn, who is already 20 years old, checks in at 6-foot-5 and 279 pounds. He stated that he has posted a 4.79 in the 40-yard dash.

"I think the coaches were impressed with my physical stature," said Kuhn. "They said that I was already bigger than the last time they saw me, and they are hoping I can come in and play right away. All I've been doing is working out so I could come in and play.

"They said not every freshman comes in with shoulders like I have and at 280 pounds. They said it is only positive weight and not fat."

Because of his quickness and athleticism, his club team, Weinheim, used him mainly as an outside linebacker. Kuhn expects to start out at defensive end for NC State, and during his official visit he had a chance to meet the other incoming defensive ends.

"They said not every freshman
comes in with shoulders like
I have and at 280 pounds."

"I met the other two defensive ends, J.R. Sweezy and Jeff Rieskamp," said Kuhn. "The funny thing is I met J.R. Sweezy on my first trip to the United States when I was at Virginia. Then when we went over to NC State for a camp I met him there too. I read on Pack Pride that he signed too and I thought that was kind of funny because he was the first American high school football player that I ever met.

"I just thought it was great that I knew one of the other freshmen. He's a great guy, and I really like his family."

"The coaches said I'll probably be a defensive end or maybe defensive tackle if I gain even more weight," Kuhn added. "Right now the coaches are thinking I will be a defensive end."

What did Kuhn like most about his official visit?

"I just liked the overall treatment I received from everybody at NC State," he said. "It didn't matter if it was the coaching staff or the players, they just treated me like I was a part of the Wolfpack family.

"It's hard for me to come over from Germany and leave my family behind, but that trip let me realize how much fun I can have there and that I have a new home there. It just feels good to be there with good people around you. I know that I can leave Germany without being too sad."


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