Growing up most athletes dream of receiving a full ride scholarship, and having the opportunity to keep playing the sport they love on the college level. Last week, class of 2015 linebacker Nick Faulkner finally earned his chance to do just that, as the Kent State Golden Flashes dished out a scholarship offer to the Canton McKinley senior.
"I found out about the offer (from Kent State) after I was done at the Ohio State camp. My uncle told me that coach (Shawn) Clark from Kent State wanted me to call him as soon as possible. That's when he told me," Faulkner stated to Hustle Belt.
"Coach Clark told me they wanted to offer me a scholarship to play their Leo position, which is a linebacker and defensive end, depending on the formation. (Coach Clark) also said that they see the qualities in me that they need in a kid at Kent State. He said I'm a great fit," Faulkner added on his scholarship from the Flashes.
Although Kent State might be Faulkner's first offer, the 6-foot-2 225 pound standout, is picking up quite a bit of interest from a long list of schools. West Virginia, Bowling Green, Cincinnati, Navy, Akron, Pittsburgh, Purdue, and Indiana are just a few of the programs in contact after he finished a stellar junior campaign at McKinley, with 82 total tackles, and six sacks.
With his first offer now in hand, Faulkner could commit at any moment, but doesn't want to rush into anything, until he is absolutely positive it is the right spot to continue his playing days.
"The sooner the better on a commitment, but at the same time I would like to weigh my options. Some opportunities may come during or even after the season," Faulkner said. "What I'm looking for in schools is if I can see myself there. If I can play there, and if we can win at that school. Also the coaches. I want to have a good bond with the coaching staff and my position coach. Before making my commitment, I just want to make sure it's the right one for me."
Interested in seeing what Faulkner brings to a team? Check out these highlights, courtesy of Hudl: