When a recruit's career on the high school level ends, most of them can't wait to earn an opportunity to go up against some of the top talent in the country by playing in one of the many High School All-American games. A Mid-American Conference commit was recently presented with his chance to do just that.
Future Kent State linebacker Nick Faulkner, of Canton McKinley High School received his jersey to suit up in the Blue-Grey All-American Bowl on January 10, 2015. An invite only game played in Tampa, Florida, Faulkner will get to chase down and tackle fellow prospects on the home turf of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium.
"It's an honor to know that someone thinks enough of me to compare me, and put me in the same category as some of the top high school players in the country. I'm just ready to the experience of playing in that stage in front of the whole nation. It's very exciting I am truly blessed to have the opportunity in front of me to play in an NFL stadium, and maybe one day I could be playing in that stadium for a living." Nick told Hustle Belt of his All-American nod.
One of the top linebackers in the state of Ohio, Faulkner bounced back from a broken collarbone to be one of the main leaders on the Canton McKinley defense this season. The 6'2 225 pound standout finished out the year with 98 total tackles, eight tackles for a loss, three forced fumbles, and one quarterback sack.
With just a few months until he reports to Kent State, Faulkner is looking forward to playing for Paul Haynes, and the Golden Flashes,
"I'm excited to get out into college, and start a new chapter of my career and my life as a whole. I am working everyday to be as good and ready as I can be to play at the Division I college level."
Before you have a chance to watch him for Kent State, take a few minutes to check out Nick's senior highlight tape, courtesy of Hudl: