Former Calvert Hall quarterback Colar Kuhns was looking for a lot more than a strong football team as he went through his recruiting process. For a 4.0 student aiming to become a doctor, academics and athletics had to merge in his college choice.
Everything came together for the senior at Cornell.
“Basically, it just felt like a good fit for me both academically and from a football standpoint.” Kuhns said. “I was happy with it after going to camp and seeing how things were up there. I felt like it was the best fit with the school and with the coaches. They took me through the process, so it felt good all around.”
Kuhns, who transferred to Damascus last month, plans to major in pre-med or life sciences. He’s not sure which specialty he’s headed for but with a couple of uncles who are doctors, he should get plenty of good advice.
After throwing for more than 2,000 yards and 21 touchdowns last season, the 6-foot-2, 210-pound Kuhns had nine Division I offers, but opted for The Big Red over such programs as Princeton and Eastern Kentucky.
Kuhns transferred to his neighborhood high school in Montgomery County last month, so he no longer had to make a commute that sometimes ate away four to five hours of his day. Last year, he was able to carpool, but this fall he faced the drive himself every day after his fellow commuters graduated.
“As soon as I catch up, it’s going to help me out not having that commute,” he said. “It’s the best decision for me and my family. At the end of the day, we didn’t think the commitment matched the return. It’s nice not to have that drive. On Friday nights, sometimes you were looking at two-and-a-half to three hours.”