Kuntz Enjoys Irish Visit

Indianapolis, Ind. defensive lineman Patrick Kuntz returned from his official visit to Notre Dame on Sunday. We spoke with the 6-4, 255-pound Kuntz to get his reaction to his visit. Where do the Irish stand with Kuntz? What did he think of the new Irish coaching staff?

Defensive line prospect Patrick Kuntz said he enjoyed his recent visit to Notre Dame.

"It was really good," said Kuntz of his vist to South Bend. "I liked the coaching staff a lot. They all have impressive resume's. They're all good guys and real down to earth."

We asked Kuntz what he thought of coach Weis' staff.

"I defintely liked them," he said. "I liked all their attitudes. They're all dedicated to winning, and I think they're going to win there. Everyone is buying into the program."

Kuntz was hosted by another big lineman on his visit.

"John Sullivan was my host," Kuntz said. "He's a good guy. We had a lot of fun. He's pretty crazy. He and Santucci and Ryan Harris, we were all over at Dan Stevenson's apartment. We had a pretty good time there."

Does Kuntz have a leader at this point? "I'd say they're all pretty even. It's going to be a tough decision," he said.

We asked Kuntz if the Irish coming in late would hurt their chances of landing him.

"I don't think so," he said. "They just got there and offered me as soon as they got there. It wasn't their fault that they just got there so I don't think it will hurt them."

Kuntz did say the Irish have more than one person in their corner.

"I think it will help that I grew up an Irish fan," he said. "I've got a lot of people telling me that's where I need to go. It doesn't hurt that I grew up a Catholic kid from Indiana who's dream was to play at Notre Dame."

Does Kuntz have any in-home visits lined up this week? "I don't think so," he said. "I think it's dead week."

Kuntz did say he plans to announce on January 18th at his school sometime around 3 PM.

Comments: Kuntz seemed to really enjoy his official visit. He wouldn't say it, but I got the feeling the Irish might have a slight lead at this point. In-home visits might be the key to his signature.

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