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2016 Kent State Football Recruiting: DB Tyrece Speaight Commits To Golden Flashes

The future of Kent State football took a huge step in the right direction over the weekend.

Paul Haynes has plenty of reasons to smile.
Paul Haynes has plenty of reasons to smile.
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Kent State had one heck of a weekend on the recruiting trail. Not only did the Golden Flashes pick up verbal commitments from numerous class of 2015 prospects, they also added a pledge from one of the top underclassmen from the state of Ohio.

On Saturday junior athlete Tyrece Speaight of Akron St.Vincent St.Mary called Paul Haynes, and broke his commitment news to the Kent State head coach.

"It is close to home, and they really wanted me. I know there is a chance of me playing my first year. It just seemed like a great fit for me, and my family." Speaight stated to Hustle Belt as the reasons why he chose to shut down his recruitment in favor of the Golden Flashes.

A defensive back, and wide out on the high school level, Tyrece knows the days of hardly leaving the field will end soon enough. While the staff has yet to pinpoint an exact position for him, the three-star prospect sees himself as a defensive back in college, but is willing to line up anywhere the coaches see fit.

"I can play on either side of the ball. I'm planning on going mostly defense, but can play some offense if they need. I just hope to help them win the MAC, and play in some bowl games."

Before his pledge to Kent State, the three-star prospect was hearing from a long list of Big Ten programs such as Ohio State, Michigan State, and Purdue. With well over a year until he signs on the dotted line with the Golden Flashes, there is no question the All-Ohio selection will have coaches from across the country trying to poach him away from Paul Haynes, and crew.

According to the 247Sports Composite Rankings, Tyrece is currently the 27th overall athlete, and 454th overall prospect in the 2016 class.

Get a better feel at what exactly Tyrece Speaight will bring to Kent State with these highlights, courtesy of Hudl: