There hasn't been much to talk about with Kent State football ever since the 2012 season. Entering Paul Haynes' fourth season as the Golden Flashes head coach, 247Sports gives his most recent signing class a poor grade: 12th (out of 13, they still count UMass for this one) in the MAC and 138 nationally.
|POS||Name||Hometown (HS)||Height/Weight||247Sports Rating|
|S||Mandela Lawrence-Burke||Stubenville, OH (Stubenville)||6'1"/185||NR|
|DE||Theo Majette||West Bloomfield, MI (West Bloomfield)||6'0"/225||NR|
|S||Akeam Peters||Tucker, GA (Tucker)||5'11"/180||3-star|
|DB||Jamal Parker Jr.||Pennsauken, NJ (Camden Catholic)||5'10"/170||2-star|
|WR||Trey Harrel||Metairle, LA (Metairle Park Country Day)||6'1"/190||NR|
|P||Derek Adams||Manheim, PA (Manheim Central)||6'0/186||NR|
|LB||Dalton Hicks||Delphos, OH (Delphos Jefferson)||6'1"/225||NR|
|OL||Zach Corrigall||Akron, Ohio (St. Vincent-St. Mary)||6'4"/265||2-star|
|OL||Adam Gregoire||Canton, Ohio (Massillion Perry)||6'5"/275||NR|
|WR||Kavious Price||Bradenton, FL (Manatee)||5'6"/155||NR|
|DB||Miles Daniel||Oak Park, MI (Oak Park)||5'9"/170||2-star|
|DL||Hakeem Enis||Decatur, GA (Druid Hills)||6'0"/275||NR|
|QB||Justin Agner*||Woodstock, GA (Woodstock)||6'1"/200||NR|
|RB||Justin Rankin*||Elyria, OH (Elyria Catholic)||5'9"/180||NR|
|WR||Mike Carrigan||Tallahassee, FL (Godby)||6'0"/168||2-star|
|DL||Matt Bell||Lawrence, GA (Peachtree Ridge)||6'1"/255||NR|
I think if I'm going to really highlight one player that could certainly help out the Flashes in a big way is Justin Agner. Agner was once with Air Force but left in January and enrolled in classes at Kent State in January.
Prop tip to everyone: don't run slant routes with @j_agner because he has a canon, and will dislocate your finger— Max Williams (@mtrain9211) January 26, 2016
Running back Justin Rankin has also already enrolled in classes at Kent State, who Haynes really likes for his speed. Getting speedy skilled players is what the Flashes wanted to get after with recruiting, grabbing other track stars Kavious Price and Mike Carrigan. Wide receiver Trey Harrel provides the most reach at 6-foot-1 and earned all-state honors in Louisiana.
Only one linebacker in the signing class (Dalton Hicks), but the Flashes were able to get plenty of help in the secondary.Safety Akeam Peters is the highest-rated player in the class and others to be included in the Kent State secondary are Miles Daniel from Oak Park, Michigan (no. 66 in the state), Mandela Lawrence-Burke, and Jamal Parker Jr.
Two offensive linemen in Zach Corrigall and Adam Gregoire, both from Ohio will look to help improve the Kent State rushing attack (3.6 yards/carry last year) by opening up some holes for the running backs. Corrigall was an all-state performer and was part of two state championship teams in high school. Gregoire was also an All-Ohio selection and was a team captain in high school.