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Clay senior Drew Kuns spent five hours on the Bowling Green State University campus, and he was hooked.

"I could tell from my visit, that's where I wanted to be," Kuns said.

Later that day, on May 13, the Eagles' three-sport star gave BGSU baseball coach Danny Schmitz a verbal agreement to play for the Falcons.

"I just felt the coaches (at BG) were amazing," he said. "They have a great history of winning and it was a place I wanted to be, because I wanted to win.

It would be honor to play for coach Schmitz. He has about 500 wins and he's still going. It's an honor playing for a coach of that caliber. I just wanted to go there and play for him."

Within a day of his commitment, Kuns learned that he had been named first-team All-Ohio.
"That's a great honor," Kuns said. "I was shocked by that."

Kuns, who has a 3.4 GPA and is a member of the National Honor Society, was a two-year starter at quarterback for Clay and earned first-team All-City League honors as a senior. He said the University of Toledo, Ball State and Miami of Ohio all contacted him for football, and UT, West Virginia and Eastern Michigan were interested in him as a baseball player.

"I wanted to stay around here," Kuns said. "Baseball is just a sport that's always come to me and I've always loved and wanted to play. I've played every summer the past eight years. My love for baseball is just a lot greater than any other sport."

Kuns was the only four-year starter Clay had in Joe Guerrero's 15 years as the Eagles' basketball coach. Guerrero resigned following the 2008-09 season. Kuns led the City League in scoring midway through last season before a knee injury cut his season short.

Internet broadcaster Mark Reeves, a play-by-play announcer and color commentator for WRSCradio.com, which broadcasts Clay football and basketball games, has known the Kuns family for years.

Reeves, who has also been Clay's football statistician for 15 years, called Kuns a person of integrity.

"He's a leader in your locker room," Reeves said. "He's the kind of kid who will benefit a program long-term and make differences for your team beyond the sport. That's what I've seen out of Drew."

The 6-3 Kuns, who plays first base and pitches, has led Clay to back-to-back 10-1 records in the CL the past two seasons. As of Wednesday he was hitting .434 with three home runs, 15 RBI and 27 runs for coach Karl Knierim's Eagles.

"I could be batting a little better," Kuns said. "I've lined out a lot, probably once every game. It's going right to somebody. I've been fielding great this year."
Kuns will be the eighth Eagles baseball player to play at a Division I school in Knierim's 13 years at Clay.

"Drew is very solid and very consistent," Knierim said. "Day in and day out, he gets the job done. He's certainly one of our leaders. Kids look up to him, and that's important. Senior leadership is a must for any effective team."

Kuns said making the decision on where to play college ball has been on his mind 24/7.
"It's one of those things I wanted to get off my mind fast, but it's also a decision that could change my life," Kuns said. "You don't want to hurry up and make a choice when the school's not perfect for you and you make the wrong decision. You don't want to look back on it and say you could have made another choice."

Bowling Green has two former Clay players - Derek Spencer and Patrick Martin - on its roster. Spencer is a junior third baseman and Martin is a redshirt freshman outfielder/pitcher.

Kuns said he has talked with Martin at length about playing at BGSU.

"He's one of my best friends and we text all the time," Kuns said. "I always used to ask him if coach Schmitz asked about me. I liked to keep informed on it. Patrick said it's the funnest time you'll ever have. That made my choice a little easier, too. It's fun and we win, and that's always a pretty good combination."

Per NCAA rules, Schmitz said he is not allowed to comment on Kuns until he signs a national letter of intent.

"I can tell you we are recruiting him," said Schmitz, in his 19th season with the Falcons. "Unless they officially sign letters of intent and I have those letters in black and white in front of me, according to NCAA rules, all I can say is that we are recruiting him."

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