Former Calvert Hall quarterback Colar Kuhns, who originally planned to play football at Cornell, has decided to accept an offer from Michigan State instead.
"My dream was always to play in the Big Ten, to play at a bigger school in a bigger conference, big-time football," Kuhns said. "When I weighed it out, I felt like Michigan State's offered me this opportunity, take it and have no regrets. It's a dream, go for it."
After playing two years at Calvert Hall, Kuhns transferred his senior year to Damascus, near his home, rather than continue the lengthy commute to Calvert Hall. He finished his high school career with more than 5,000 yards passing and 60 touchdowns, as well as more than 850 yards rushing with 11 touchdowns.
He committed to Cornell in October but said the financial assistance he expected never came through, which played a role in his decision to decommit.
On March 28 and 29, Kuhns took an official visit to Michigan State, which finished 13-1 and No. 3 last season after defeating No. 5 Stanford, 24-20, in the Rose Bowl on New Year's Day. It was the highest national ranking for the Spartans since 1966 when they were No. 2.
Kuhns, who also considered Georgia, was impressed with the inner workings of the program in East Lansing.
"Over the course of two days, I got to see their program in action and I just really liked the people, the way that they run their program, the values that they have. They are really centered on hard work, hard work not only to achieve the goals you want to get but that will put you over the top and change your status as far as the depth chart and what you can achieve."
He committed to the Spartans on April 1.
Kuhns said he liked the straight forwardness of head coach Mark Dantonio, quarterbacks coach Brad Salem and his recruiting coach, Ron Burton.
"They're just really honest about what they have to say to you, and they put the opportunity in front of you and let you go get it," Kuhns said.
He also said he will redshirt and that he's happy to head to Michigan State with a chance to compete for the job.
A 4.0 student, Kuhns aspires to become a doctor and plans to major in biology. That goal, however, could be sidetracked if the right opportunity comes along after college.
"I really aspire to make the most of what I have here and try and start as soon as possible and then from there, try and make a run at the NFL. If the opportunity presents itself to go the NFL, that's great, but my focus is on college."Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun