A number of new 2014 offensive linemen are beginning to emerge from New Jersey. On this list is Zachary Kuehm of Mountain Lakes, N.J., who at 6-foot-6, 320 pounds has definitely begun to draw more and more interest.
"Recruiting is going well," said Kuehm. "Things are really starting to pick up. I guess this is when everything begins to get interesting."
The two main schools that are showing increased interest in Kuehm are Pittsburgh and Maryland, and he would like to visit these two plus others in the coming months.
"I would love to visit," he said. "I have just finished a highlight reel that I am shipping out, and hopefully I'll get some good feedback. Then I'll take it from there."
During the spring and summer, Kuehm is also looking forward to showcasing his abilities at a few camps and combines. While he waits to choose which summer camps to attend, he knows what he wants to attend at any upcoming events.
"I think I just want to surround myself with higher levels of talent," he said. "Going to showcases, there are going to be great players and coaches in attendance, and I just want to further my progress as a player in high school and at the next level."
Playing on both sides of the line during his junior season, Kuehm noticed marked improvements in his game.
"I played on the defensive side of the ball this year, starting in all 12 games, and from game one, each week I saw improvement," said Kuehm. "I think I improved the most on recognizing, and being able to react. For being a big guy, I've always been told that I have great feet, so my physical ability was there from the beginning. It was the mental aspect that I really saw change."