Kent State is really hoping that their momentum on the recruiting trail for the 2017 cycle can transfer over onto the field for their 2016 campaign.
After a slow start Kent State has really picked it up over the last few weeks, including running back Isaac Vance and defensive back C.J. Burress.
Vance chose the Golden Flashes over a reported offer from New Mexico State. Vance actually hails from New Mexico where he currently attends Mayfield high school. He is a bit undersized, standing at 5-foot-9 and weighing 160 pounds. However what he lacks in size he makes up for in speed. Vance is elusive with the football and extremely shifty. As a junior he ran for over 2,000 yards, compiling 32 touchdowns. To be honest, I know absolutely nothing about the level of football that is played at the high school level in the state of New Mexico, however those are impressive numbers nonetheless.
Vance even displays the ability to line up out of the slot and make plays, something that could be his ticket to early playing time at Kent State. His playing style certainly fits the mold for a slot receiver at the next level. However, Vance also has experience playing safety in high school so it is also possible for him to see an opportunity on the defensive side of the football. It is unknown exactly what position Kent State is recruiting him for.
His older brother, Nate, played for Kent State as a defensive end.
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Defensive back C.J. Burress was the other player who committed to coach Haynes and the Golden Flashes. Burress chose Kent State over reported offers from Ball State, Georgia State, and a handful of FCS offers.
Burress joins A.J. Musolino as the only other defensive backs so far in this recruiting class. The 5-foot-10, 190 pound defensive back currently attends Lanier high school located in Buford, Georgia.
Burress seems to excel in pass coverage, and looks to project well at safety with Kent State. Despite being rated a 3-star recruit by Scout, Burress looks to be severely under-offered despite his talent. In this case, Kent State is certainly not complaining as they picked up a solid all-around player with the ability to contribute right away upon his arrival onto campus.