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Kiski Area senior Kuhn chooses Youngstown State

| Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013, 9:51 p.m.

Kiski Area senior Shane Kuhn grew weary of the Division I football recruiting grind, so he went with the school that believed in him before the start of his senior year.

Kuhn, a 6-foot-3, 220-pound tight end/linebacker, committed to Youngstown State on Thursday to end a stretch in which he received scholarship offers from the Penguins and later Colgate. He also received interest from Pitt and West Virginia.

The Penguins made their full scholarship offer to Kuhn in June, and Colgate followed in October.

“Youngstown State has been at the top of the board for a while now,” Kuhn said. “I've talked to some other schools lately, and I'm honestly fed up with it, just beating around the bush. Youngstown was the first to offer me, and I respected that. ... It seemed like the other schools, they wanted to wait it out, and I wasn't going to take the chance of Youngstown getting another commitment and me missing out. It wasn't worth it for me.”

The Penguins recruited Kuhn as a tight end.

“I like playing linebacker probably even better (than tight end),” Kuhn said, “but I wouldn't be playing linebacker at the next level — I'd probably play defensive end. So for my future and well being, I'm better off at tight end.”

Colgate's academic reputation appealed to Kuhn, but Youngstown State's proximity to home gave the Penguins a major edge.

“The education is great at Colgate,” Kuhn said. “But Youngstown State, it's hard to look past the record and the football part. Plus, I can get there in an hour and a half driving, and Colgate is like six hours away.”

“I feel like I could start at Youngstown in the next couple years. … It's just going to be nice to get up there and make an impact.”

Kuhn finished his senior season with 18 receptions for 309 yards and two touchdowns. He had a team-high 77 tackles, including 53 solo stops.

Bill West is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at wwest@tribweb.com or via Twitter @BWest_Trib.

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