Northwestern offered Kuhar a scholarship on his first visit to campus in the spring. Though Kuhar sat on the offer over the summer, he said he was instantly impressed with NU on that visit.
"The first time I visited NU, I loved the school. Coach Fitzgerald and all coaches are fantastic," he said. "It's a place I think I'll be able to succeed. They're going the right direction, so I want to go there and help them out."
Also in the mix for Kuhar's final decision were Boston College, Iowa, and Stanford. Kuhar said the coaching staff at NU was an important factor in his decision, but equally important was the connection to the other players.
"I connected with all players extremely well when I visited and stayed overnight," Kuhar said. "They're a different type of student at Northwestern. It's an extremely good academic school, not many others have a 100 percent graduation rate and a team 3.0 GPA. I don't want to be around kids getting in trouble all the time, I want to be around kids like me working hard on and off the field."
Kuhar's brother, Ben, is currently a redshirt senior on the wrestling team at NU, and two of his former high school teammates, Geoff Mogus and Deonte Gibson, play football for the ‘Cats. According to Kuhar, these factors also influenced his decision.
"[Mogus and Gibson] said they love it there so far," Kuhar said. "I'm looking forward to getting back with them and being part of the team there."
On the field, Kuhar said he thinks he will fit in well with the NU defensive line.
"The defense is like my defense [in high school], so it's the same front and I think I can fit in very well in there," he said.
Beyond connecting with players and coaches, Kuhar said he thinks the environment of Northwestern is exactly what he was looking for.
"It's such a great academic school," he said. "These kids are top notch academics and top notch football players. It's a perfect combination of Big Ten football and great academics as well."