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Eagle High offensive lineman Kuzmack commits to Washington State

Alec Kuzmack of Eagle finished third in the shot put (56 feet, 1 3/4 inches) at the 5A state track and field meet in May at Dona Larsen Park. He also took fourth in the discus (164-8).
Alec Kuzmack of Eagle finished third in the shot put (56 feet, 1 3/4 inches) at the 5A state track and field meet in May at Dona Larsen Park. He also took fourth in the discus (164-8). kjones@idahostatesman.com

At 6-foot-5 and 295 pounds, Alec Kuzmack didn’t have any trouble catching the eye of top-tier football programs.

But it is Kuzmack’s athleticism and physicality that reeled them in, Eagle coach Paul Peterson said.

Kuzmack, who will be a senior for the Mustangs this fall, committed to Washington State on Monday night. Peterson said his right tackle had “tremendous interest from a lot of institutions.

“He’s a great technician, and he’s a team-oriented guy,” Peterson said. “He’s quiet, but he’s obviously a big-time football player.”

Kuzmack made an unofficial visit to the Washington State campus in Pullman in the spring and attended a Wazzu camp this summer.

“I just felt like that was the school for me. It felt like home,” Kuzmack said. “I liked everything about it.”

Kuzmack, the youngest of five siblings, said he is the first from his family to get an FBS scholarship in football. His brother, Nick, will be a freshman linebacker at Butte College (Oroville, Calif.) this fall.

Kuzmack consistently overpowered opponents in 2015, helping Mustangs running back Bucky Schrader collect 1,460 yards and 29 touchdowns as the 5A Southern Idaho Conference’s offensive player of the year.

Eagle finished the 2015 season 7-4 with a state quarterfinal appearance. Kuzmack received honorable mention recognition in the 5A SIC.

“I think this will really take some of the pressure off so I can focus on my team this year,” he said.

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