Kent State added one of the Midwest's top kickers to their class on Monday when they Clarkston High's Shane Hynes announced he would play for head coach Paul Haynes.
"I feel like the coaching staff made the big impression," he said. "If you look at it, you spend 80 hours a week with the football team and the people around and on the team and I think the people in the program made the difference."
The depth chart also sets up favorably for Hynes to make an instant impact.
"What they told me was, they are using Anthony Melchiori, their starting punter, as a kicker, and they told me that I would most likely be starting all four years and going right in and making a big impact, especially in my second game as a Golden Flash, when we head to Columbus [to play Ohio State]."
This commitment also allows Hynes to focus on his senior season, one in which his Clarkston team is expect to be one of the Michigan's best.
"We have a lot of big pieces to make a big, strong run with Nick Matich and basically the whole line anchoring the offense. We're expecting big things, another good season and hopefully another undefeated regular season. The big expectation around Clarkston, and I think everyone knows it is, a state title. Hopefully we can do somethinf special that no one else has done as a Clarkston team."