After receiving an offer to join the Kent State football team earlier this summer, Canton McKinley linebacker Nick Faulkner stated to Hustle Belt, "Sooner the better on a commitment. What I'm looking for in a school is if I can see myself there. If I can play there, and if we 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."
It didn't take long for the class of 2015 standout to find exactly what he was looking for, as the soon to be senior decided to give his verbal pledge to the Flashes on the Fourth of July.
"I chose Kent State because it really feels like a family with the players and coaches, " Faulkner told Hustle Belt soon after ending his recruiting process. "It's also close to home, and I will have the opportunity to play quickly, and I'm happy about that."
Heading into this recruiting cycle, adding defensive depth was one of the main objectives for the Flashes coaching staff. Faulkner definitely fits that role. The 6-foot-2 225 pounder, will start his Kent State career off at linebacker, but could make the switch to defensive end if he continues to not just add weight, but also get stronger.
After gaining a commitment from a player with Faulkner's skill set, you know the Golden Flashes staff were excited.
"I called Coach Clark, and told him that I wanted to commit," Faulkner said. "He (Clark) sounded real happy. He said it was great, and he's happy that I made that decision."
With the recruiting process now over with, Faulkner can concentrate on helping Canton McKinley make this upcoming season one to remember for years to come.
"It feels good that it's over," Faulkner stated. "There is a lot of weight off my shoulders, and I can get all my focus back on my Bulldogs football family, and winning a ring."
Interested in seeing what Faulkner adds to the Flashes? Check out these highlights of him in action from last season, courtesy of Hudl: