Kanuch is UConn's Newest Deep Threat

Pennsylvania wide receiver recruit Brad Kanuch was supposed to go to Penn State. His brother Jim is a senior on the team. His uncles Tom, Jim and the late Matt Bradley all played for Penn State - heck, Tom Bradley liked PSU so much that he's still there as the defensive coordinator. Everyone has been putting his name and Penn State in the same sentence for years; everyone except him.

When he heard Nittany Lions, he thought Huskies, and that's why Brad Kanuch will sign his letter of intent to play for the University of Connecticut today.

"I've always been compared to my brother," Kanuch said. "I'm sick of being in people's shadows. This way I can start my own thing."

His own thing may start very soon. Kanuch is one of the fastest recruits in the country, notching a 4.26 forty at the last football camp he attended. Connecticut coaches have told him he may have the chance to play right away because of that speed.

"They said I will have an early opportunity," Kanuch said. "They want me to be deep threat wide receiver."

Kanuch is a track star as well. He finished first in Pennsylvania in the 200-meter dash and second in the 100. He also won the triple jump and finished runner-up in the long jump.

"It has always been a natural thing," he said. "I was always the kid faster than my friends growing up. It would be awkward for me not to be the fastest guy on the team."

Now, the only question left is can he catch? Kanuch played mostly running back in high school, so the ball wasn't thrown to him as often as it will be in college, but he's not worried.

"I have good hands," Kanuch said confidently.

As confident as Kanuch is, he does acknowledge that college football will be an adjustment for him.

"(My brother) was telling me how much the speed of the game changes," Kanuch said. "I really have to work on the transition from high school (quarterbacks) to college (quarterbacks); they throw the ball so much harder."

Kanuch is not worried though; he said he doesn't just run fast, he catches on quick too.

"It's all about how fast I make the transition," he said. "And I think I can do it. I can't see me not catching on."

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