Kuhn Looks For Big Senior Year

In 2012, Shane Kuhn caught nine passes for 176 yards and a touchdown. On defense, he finished with 99 tackles, six tackles for losses, two sacks and an interception.

Shane Kuhn is a 6-4, 230-pound tight end prospect out of Kiski Area.

As a junior in 2012, Kuhn caught nine passes for 176 yards and a touchdown. On defense, where he plays linebacker, Kuhn finished with 99 tackles, six tackles for losses, two sacks and an interception.

This summer, Kuhn has kept himself busy with camps, which has resulted in one offer so far.

"I went to Pittsburgh, Temple, Youngstown State, West Virginia," Kuhn said. "Pitt asked me to come back for an hour and a half to work with the defensive end coach, so I went back for a little extra work."

Youngstown State offered him after his performance at their camp. Kuhn won the Big Skill MVP at the West Virginia camp--an award given to a skill player that is either a fullback or tight end.

He was excited at the opportunity to come back to Pitt for a second time. He liked the coaches that he worked with the first time around, and was encouraged after his second trip.

"The first time I was there, I ran with the tight ends first," Kuhn said. "They liked me there. They knew what I could do at tight end, but since I played linebacker at Kiski, they could possibly put a lot more weight on me and try me as a defensive end.

"The second half of the camp, they wanted me to come back. They wanted to have another session with me. They liked me. Coach (John) Palermo is the defensive ends coach, and he liked me there. He said they're going to see. They said I did better at camps, and they want to see me play this year, more aggressive."

Though he hasn't come away with the Pitt offer yet, Kuhn is eager to start his senior season, eager to put together some good game film in his first two games to give the Pitt coaching staff something else to look at.

"I like them," Kuhn said of the Pitt coaches. "They definitely know what they're doing. I liked the coaches a lot. I worked with quite a few, too. The long snapping coach, special teams, offensive coordinator, tight ends coach. I talked with Coach (Chris) Haering, he's the linebacker coach and my recruiting coordinator."

Not to mention, within the last ten years, Kiski has sent three former players to Pitt--Chris McKillop, Scott McKillop and Adam Gunn. All three became starters. Scott McKillop was named Big East Defensive Player of the Year in 2008.

"Even though Kiski, in the past, hasn't been all that great, we've had kids go out and do big things," Kuhn said. "Scott McKillop (in 2008) led the Big East in tackles. He wrestled, too. He's real close to our wrestling coaches. I've talked to him a couple times. We know each other pretty well."

Kuhn is also excited just to get back with his Kiski team, for what he hopes is a successful 2013 season.

"We didn't lose a whole lot of skill positions, at all," Kuhn said. "We lost a couple linemen, but we have a couple kids behind them that should be able to replace. We don't have a lot of kids on the team, but we have enough that we should be able to get the job done."

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