One of the Midwest's top kicking prospects landed his first offer on Monday when Clarkston High's Shane Hynes was offered by Kent State.
"It feels awesome," he said. "I couldn't be happier right now. It's something you dream of, not only as an athlete, but family wise, knowing you're helping everyone out, it's a feeling that you just can't describe."
Hynes has had contact with and visited several schools including Kent State and his experiences with the Golden Flashes have been good ones.
"Kent State is something special, and yeah, everyone can say that about a program, but Kent really is. Their staff is awesome, Coach Rock, Coach George and Coach Campbell are really cool people and people I felt a bond with right away. They value the kicking position too, they have a specific coach that handles those duties which is a big plus to me."
Clarkston High has a very talented 2014 class and has had several players before them go on to play college football, including one at Kent State.
"I also have a former teammate from high school there, Matt Dellinger and knowing I have a friend and teammate there makes it that more feel like home. It's somewhere I could see myself winning championships and being apart of a great upcoming program."
This weekend, Hynes will visit one of their MAC foes.
"I am headed down to Ohio University this weekend, but that's it for now. I'm going to get back out to Kent though for spring practice and the spring game. As of now, just junior day visits. Other schools that have been expressing high interest are Cincinnati and Toledo."
As a junior, Hynes put 91% of his kickoffs into the end zone and made a school record 53-yard field goal.