Family Affair for Kanuch?

It’s not as if high school football players don’t already face enough pressure. Recruiting combines, camps, college coaches calling. Meanwhile they must attend school, keep their grades up and stay focused on their high school team. Add to the mix a brother who plays on a very prestigious college football team, and an uncle who is the defensive coordinator for that same team, and things become even more complicated.

Johnstown (Pa.) Westmont Hilltop cornerback/wide receiver Brad Kanuch (6-0, 182, 4.35) faces more pressure then most high school athletes. His brother, Jim, is a redshirt junior at Penn State. His uncle, Tom Bradley, is the defensive coordinator for the Nittany Lions and one of the most successful recruiters in the nation.

The Nittany Lions are among a group of seven schools that have offered Kanuch a scholarship. The others include Maryland, Boston College, Virginia, Akron, Kent State and Eastern Michigan. Kanuch has taken unofficial visits to Akron, Maryland, Pittsburgh, Boston College and Penn State  

Akron: “I liked it. They have really nice facilities and it’s a program on the rise. I think I could play early there.”  

Maryland: “I liked the campus and the coaches. It’s a good program.”  

Pittsburgh: “I watched spring practice. They have really nice facilities and the coaches, Wannstedt, Rhoades and Hill, were nice.”  

Boston College: “I went to a junior day there, it was nice. They have a beautiful campus and a nice weight room. It was just a nice place in general.”

Penn State: “I grew up around Penn State, so there was really nothing new to see. I got to know the coaches on more of a personal level. My brother Jim is there, and my uncle, Tom Bradley, so there’s a little bit of pressure to go to Penn State. Me and Tom talked about a lot of things, but it was more of a personal type of chat.”

Despite the heavy tie’s to Penn State, Kanuch will take his time and pick the program that he feels best suits his needs.  

“I just want to go somewhere I can have fun and play early,” Kanuch said. “It will be important to me as to how well I fit in with the team.”

Brad Kanuch Fast Facts: First-team All-Area; 172 carries/1,400 yards/ 14 TDs as a junior; 14 catches/ 250 yards/ 5 TDs as a junior; 55 tackles/5 interceptions as a junior; 2005 PIAA AA state 200-meter champion (22:33), and 100-meter (10.84) and long jump (21-10) runner-up.

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