Santa Ana's Kurtz waiting for D-1 opportunity

Santa Ana LB Sean Kurtz (6-0, 235) had an outstanding freshman season in 2009 and hopes are high for an even better 2010 season. spoke recently with the tackling-machine and he updated us on things including which FCS programs were hoping to add him to their rosters this fall…

Kurtz prepped at Canyon (Anaheim, Ca.) High School and was a standout for the Comanches, but because his school rarely produced much in the way of D-1 talent or wins, he didn't get much in the way of notice.

"When I started playing football there, we weren't very good," Kurtz told "We were 2-8 my first year (2006), but then as a junior we were 9-3 and as a senior we were 8-4, so we got better and really improved as a team."

UC Davis offered Kurtz a full scholarship and he had walk-on offers from Arizona and a couple other Pac 10 schools, but decided to head to Santa Ana to see if he could earn a full-scholarship to one of those schools.

"Coach (Geoff) Jones is a great coach and just a great guy all the way around," Kurtz said. "I had a bunch of other JCs recruit me and want me to come and be a part of their team, but with coach Jones, I always felt like he wanted to be my coach and he wanted me on his team.

"One school told me they had me very high on my list, but when I went and visited them, they didn't even know my name, whereas coach Jones new my parents names. That showed me how much he cared about me as more than just a football player, but as a person as well."

As a freshman starting at the WIL (weakside) linebacker spot, Kurtz was solid finishing second on Santa Ana's defense with 72 tackles, including 11 tackles-for-loss which led the team, and two interceptions, eight passes defensed, a fumble recovery and a sack.

"I played on the weakside last year, but I'll be in the middle this fall," Kurtz noted. "I also played the SAM (strongside) spot in high school, so I can play all of them pretty well, but I think the middle is where I'm probably the best suited.

"I have good instincts and I wrap-up well, so I think MIK is probably where I will have a good amount of success."

Two FCS schools offered Kurtz the chance to sign and be on scholarship with them this fall, but things never quite worked out for him to make the decision to forgo the 2010 season with the Dons.

"I visited Presbyterian in Texas and they were like ‘you have 48 hours to decide' and I was like ‘it's too early, I want to wait' and so they pulled their offer too me," Kurtz said. "Nichols State offered me and wanted me this fall and if things don't work out to go to a D-1 school, then they will be my first call, but I feel like I can play at the highest level, so I felt right about coming back."

In addition to those smaller schools, Kurtz is getting interest from UTEP, Arkansas, Kentucky and USC.

"I'm willing to wait to see what I can get or what I can earn," Kurtz said. "I could have taken those other offers, but I would have always been wondering if I could have played at the higher level if I'd just have waited, so I decided to come back and see what happens."

Kurtz is a very good student and can leave at any time, but plans to play this fall at Santa Ana and then sign with a school in December. Wherever he ends up he'll have three years to play two following the season.

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