DICKINSON, N.D. - Kaden Kuntz does everything quickly. He runs quickly. He even recovers from injury quickly.
The North Dakota State football commit is the reigning state champion in the 100 and 200 meters and the long jump and as he prepares to make the jump from small private school in Dickinson to D-1 football, he's ready to make that transition quickly.
"It was around my junior year I realized my dream could come true of playing Division 1 football." Kuntz said.
There was only one thing that could slow Kaden Kuntz down. An injury. An MCL tear grounded him.
"My injury was tough, but thankfully I had really good trainers throughout my injury. It was a full tear but thankfully I didn't need surgery. It was four months of therapy so it was tough. " Kuntz said. The rehab was a quick one for Kuntz, who returned for track season and once back, he set the track on fire, capturing three individual titles last May in Bismarck.
"Track helps a lot, you compete year round and getting that physical activity really helps. " Kuntz said. It's hard to tell where Kuntz is better. He was named the Class A senior athlete of the year, racking up 20 touchdowns as the Trinity Titans reached the state semifinals. Now he's ready to keep up the line of North Dakotans, specifically Dickinson natives to play for the Bison.
"It means a lot, there are a lot of big names that come from North Dakota go to NDSU, means a lot to be up in the ranks of them." Kuntz is expected to play slot wide receiver and on special teams upon his arrival in Fargo in mid-June. He is also the favorite to repeat in those three events next month at the North Dakota State track meet in Bismarck.