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Panthers’ Luke Kuechly passed on Jim Harbaugh, Stanford

When it came time for Luke Kuechly to make his college decision, he spent a lot of time with then-Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh.

Kuechly ultimately chose Boston College, but he still remembers the in-home visit he had with the now-49ers head coach.

“He’s intense,” Kuechly said. “That’s one thing. He’s a good guy, he’s passionate about football and he’s intense. I was around him quite a bit. I took a couple of visits out to Stanford, he was at my house. He was an intense guy.”

Harbaugh told San Francisco reporters this week that he left Kuechly’s home thinking he was going “to be a Stanford man.” He knows the Panthers middle linebacker will be an obstacle for the 49ers offense.

“You could see that he’s a great player and somebody that has got to be blocked or he’ll make every tackle,” Harbaugh said, according to ESPN.com. “Big challenge for us this week.”

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