Penn State commits Zack Kuntz, Pat Freiermuth talk bond, turning down other schools, and future with Lions
Penn State tight end commits Pat Freiermuth, Brooks School, MA and Zack Kuntz, Camp Hill, during the Opening Regionals in Florham Park, NJ on April 30, 2017. Joe Hermitt | firstname.lastname@example.org
The contrast in sizes is stark when Zack Kuntz and Pat Freiermuth stand side-by-side. One is 6-foot-7, the other 6-foot-5, yet they still see eye-to-eye.
Both are Penn State Class of 2018 verbal commitments, as Kuntz, a Camp Hill native and the taller of the two, picked the Lions back on Nov. 26, 2016, which also marks the day he met the 6-foot-5, 250-pound Freiermuth for the first time.
One might have wondered if the North Andover, Mass., four-star and top player in his state, who committed to PSU last August, was bothered by another four-star player joining the class at his position, but the reaction was the exact opposite, as the pair hit it off right away. Since, they’ve formed a close bond that was on display early and often during their first chance to compete together as future classmates and friends at The Opening Regionals event in Florham Park, N.J., last Sunday.
“Being out here, just getting to know each other, is really great,” Freiermuth said. “This is the first time we’ve played together, so we’ll get to see what we do for each other. When we get to Penn State, we’re just going to feed off each other, and no one’s going to be able to stop us in the Big Ten.”
Added Kuntz: “I think we complement each other with our style of play, and I think that will be very affective in the Big Ten.”