Brad Kanuch Commits to UConn

Despite having strong family ties to the Penn State football program, Westmont Hills (PA) senior Brad Kanuch has committed to the University of Connecticut. UConn outlasted Maryland, Penn State and others to gain the verbal from the Pennsylvania speedster.

Brad Kanuch grew up with the Penn State football program. His mother's three brothers all played football for Penn State and one of them, Tom Bradley, never left – he joined the coaching staff when he graduated in 1979.

Further, Kanuch's brother Jim will be a red-shirt senior wide receiver for the Nittany Lions next fall.

Family ties were not enough, however, as Brad Kanuch committed to the UConn Huskies on Saturday evening.

"I called Coaches (Randy) Edsall and (Todd) Orlando last night and I committed to UConn," Kanuch said. "I feel I can play there and they will give me an opportunity to run track."

Kanuch's uncle, Tom Bradley, is now the defensive coordinator at Penn State. When asked how his uncle reacted to his commitment to the Huskies, Kanuch stated that his uncle was very disappointed, but that he was happy that Brad would have the opportunities he will have at UConn.

Similarly, Jim Kanuch had hoped to play one season with his younger brother. According to Brad, while his brother was "a little upset", there were no hard feelings and that his older brother just wanted him to be happy with his choice.

So why UConn? Kanuch said, "I felt that I could really be an impact player there. I liked the players and I liked everything about the school. I wanted the opportunity to play both (football and track)".

Although it is likely that wide receiver will be his position at the next level, Kanuch rushed for 1004 yards and 15 touchdowns on just 145 carries as a senior. He also contributed on the other side of the ball adding 45 tackles with 29 solos.

He is also said to be the fastest player in the state of Pennsylvania this year. In addition to being named second-team all-state in Class AA this past season, he is the PIAA Class AA 200-yard dash and triple jump gold medals. He also added silver medals in the 100-yard dash and long jump.

In an interview earlier this month with the Tribune Democrat, Westmont Hills coach Stan Skowron said of Kanuch, "Some coaches ask me how to rate him -- I think if he could have concentrated on one individual position, he'd probably be 10 or 11 out of 10. But we tried to utilize him at so many positions, quarterback, running back, wide receiver, safety and corner.

"He's very versatile. Once he gets into college, he can concentrate on one area and be a super player."

Kanuch joins Zach Hurd, Scott Lutrus, Jarvis Hicks, Derek Rich, Shawn Lemon, Kevin Poles, Anthony Davis, Robert Vaughn and Terrence Jeffers as commitments in UConn's class of 2006.

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