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Meet The 2018 Class: Four-Star TE Zack Kuntz

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Taking a prospect-by-prospect look at Penn State’s elite 2018 recruiting class.

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Although Zack Kuntz always had interest in the Nittany Lions, it was expected that the youngest Kuntz would end up out-of-state. Programs like Stanford and Notre Dame rose to the top of Kuntz’s list, with the Nittany Lions pacing third. But after James Franklin and Penn State had a turnaround season in 2016, Kuntz circled back around to the Nittany Lions, committing to Penn State on November 26, 2016.


Position Hometown High School Height/Weight 247Composite Rank
Position Hometown High School Height/Weight 247Composite Rank
Tight End Camp Hill, PA Camp Hill H.S. 6-foot-7, 235 pounds Four-star (0.9477)


Scouting Report

Looking the part of a basketball prospect, Kuntz has tremendous length, standing a lanky 6-foot-7. He’s done an admirable job of adding weight over the years — now up to 235 pounds — but is still really thin. While Kuntz probably doesn’t have the build to hold 270 pounds, you’d like to see him get to around 255 pounds so he isn’t completely physically overmatched.

As a receiver, Kuntz is special. His size and length is one thing, but it’s the athleticism and body control that makes him one of the best tight ends in the country. He’s quick off the line of scrimmage, and does a great job of finding soft spots in the zone. Not surprisingly, Kuntz is a terror down in the red zone, having soft hands and the ability to highpoint the ball over smaller defenders.

Kuntz lined up almost exclusively at wide receiver so there’s going to be an adjustment period moving to tight end/h-back, especially as a blocker. That being said, Kuntz showed the willingness to block in high school. I think once he gets stronger, he’ll be an adequate blocker inside.


While there’s a long way to go physically, Kuntz enrolling early greatly increases the chance he sees the field next year. He needs to add some serious weight this offseason, but if he puts on the necessary bulk, he has the skill set to play right away. Not saying he’ll be your every down tight end, but I think his role in 2018 could be similar to the role Mike Gesicki played as a freshman — a big, athletic kid that’s utilized as a receiving threat on passing downs.

Longterm, I don’t need to spell out Kuntz’s potential. While he’ll never be a devastating blocker, Kuntz is everything you would want out of a receiving tight end, and should be a mismatch nightmare in Ricky Rahne’s offense.