WENATCHEE- Wenatchee hybrid tight end, Riley Kunz, made a hard commitment to play football at Harvard University on Tuesday, according to 247 Sports. Kunz is entering his senior year this coming season and turned down Georgetown and the University of Idaho to sign with the Harvard Crimson.
Kunz plays tight end and defensive end for the Wenatchee Panthers. Effective as a receiver and a blocker on offense, he helped his team get to a 6-4 overall record and come one-point short of forcing a three-way tie in the Big 9.
Kunz joins a recruiting class that’s ranked the best among Ivy League schools for 2020. Headlined by three star QB, Caleb Holstein of Lafayette, Louisiana. Kunz, a three star recruit, is ranked as the fourth-best recruit for the Crimson in 2020. Another tight end has signed with the Crimson for 2020, Tyler Neville of Williamsburg, Virginia. Neville and Kunz are similarly ranked by 247 Sports.
Harvard is known mostly for being a prestigious academic university, but its football team has been consistently competitive as well.
Head Coach Tim Murphy has been coaching the team since 1994 and in that span he’s led his team to a record of 174-75 and nine league titles. The Crimson haven’t had a losing record since 1998 and have most recently won the league crown in 2015.
Harvard also has a descent number of alumni playing in the NFL. Those include Ryan Fitzpatrick, who has arguably the most interesting NFL career in recent memory, Cameron Brate, Kyle Juszczyk and Tyler Ott.
Kunz and the Panthers will hit the field again on September 6 when they open the season against 2018 state playoff team, Mount Si.