Kanuch No Lock For State

Johnstown (Pa.) Westmont-Hilltop cornerback/wide receiver Brad Kanuch (6-foot, 185 pounds) constantly faces the questions about his brother, Jim, who is a redshirt junior at Penn State. His uncle, Tom Bradley, who is the defensive coordinator for the Nittany Lions and a very successful recruiter.

With such strong family ties, one would assume that the Nittany Lions stand a very good shot at landing the Hilltopper’s standout. According to the fleet-footed Kanuch, that might not necessarily be the case.

“I’m still considering Penn State, not as strongly as people think I am,” Kanuch said. “I’m my own individual, and I’ll go where I think I fit in the best.”

Kanuch is two games into his senior season and has already received scholarship offers from Penn State, Maryland, Boston College, Virginia, Akron, Kent State, Eastern Michigan and, most recently, Toledo. The Rockets threw their hat into the mix two weeks ago. He has scheduled an official visit with the Terrapins.

“I scheduled a visit with Maryland for the first weekend in December,” he said. “I’m in the process of setting up one with Virginia right now.”

Sept. 1 marked the first day college recruiters could officially contact prospects and Kanuch received his share of calls. He received calls from all of the schools that have offered him and a few new names entered the fray as well.

“My dad said Wake Forest called and said they may offer, but I didn’t get to talk to them,” he said. “West Virginia and Connecticut called and if they offer I will strongly consider both of them.”

Jim Kanuch is still finding his niche at Penn State, but the elder sibling often provides valuable advice to his younger brother.

“We talk about it a lot, he just wants me to make the right choice,” he said. “He want’s me to make it for me. If its Penn State fine and if not so be it.”

One thing is for certain: Kanuch plans on taking his time and seeing the entire process through.

“I know coaches don’t like to wait for you to make up your mind anymore,” he said. “I just want to make the right decision and I’ll drag it out as long as it takes to make the right one.”

Kanuch handles recruiting like a grizzled veteran. He is lucky to be a part of an athletic family that has experienced it all before. There is a certain level of pressure that he endures being one of the most sought-after recruits in the region.

“There is pressure, but I just want too win,” he said. “If I get stats, great, if not it doesn’t matter. I’m a leader. To me it’s all about winning games that takes off the pressure. It’s not about me, it’s about the team. They take all the pressure off of me.”


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