July 19, 2009

Eye on the Future: QB

With two of its three quarterbacks holding at least three years
of eligibility, Kent State can be very selective when it comes to recruiting
the position in 2010.


This fall, senior Anthony Magazu will battle redshirt sophomore
Giorgio Morgan for the starting position while both sophomore Sal
Battles
and incoming freshman Spencer Keith have the ability
to compete for playing time.


While that depth offers Kent State the opportunity to recruit a project,
or a high school senior that might need a few years to develop the skills
to play at the next level, the Golden Flashes' coaching staff has been
aggressive in its recruiting efforts.


They extended scholarship offers to four-star prospects Andrew
Hendrix
and Spencer Ware as well as a handful of three star signal callers.
Hendrix, out of Moeller High School in Cincinnati, has verbally committed
to Notre Dame and it looks like Ware, a Cincinnati Princeton senior, could
be making a switch to defense to play at a BCS conference school.


The Flashes also missed out on Middletown, Ohio two-star prospect Caleb
Watkins
, a Bowling Green commitment.


But, the Golden Flashes are still very much in the mix for several talented
quarterbacks.


First on the list is Gabriel Henderson of Raleigh, N.C. The three-star
prospect visited Kent State on July 16 and now is set to announce his college
choice on Friday, July 25. He listed his three favorites as Buffalo, Georgia
Tech and Kent State. Georgia Tech has yet to offer and Henderson has not
visited Buffalo.


Should Henderson choose Buffalo, or a Georgia Tech offer complicates Henderson's
decision, the Flashes have a good chance at landing both Verlon
Reed
and Jerry Lovelocke.


Reed, a 6-foot-2, 185-pounder from Marion-Franklin High School in Columbus,
Ohio, holds offers from Bowling Green and Kent State. Bowling Green already
has a commitment from Watkins, giving Kent State an edge. But, Reed has discussed
with other college coaches the possibility of playing safety. An offer from
a BCS school might be too difficult for him to pass on.


Lovelocke is in a similar position. The 6-foot-4, 200-pound three-star prospect
from Baltimore, Md., holds offers from Akron, Central Michigan, Kent State,
Temple and Towson. All but Kent State and Towson already have quarterbacks
verbally committed.


Another option for the Flashes is Tyler Brause, a 6-foot-4, 220-pound
three-star prospect from Bucyrus, Ohio. Brause's ranking likely comes
from his ability to play on the defensive side of the ball, where most of
the BCS colleges that have offered are recruiting him to play. Brause has
visited Kent, but like with the others above, a BCS offer could prove to
be too difficult to pass up.


The good news is Kent State has several big-time options when it comes to
a 2010 quarterback recruit. That's also the bad news. Should the Flashes
receive the verbal commitment from one of their top choices at the position,
they'll spend the next several months-all the way up to signing
day in February 2010-fighting off bigger schools for that prospect.
That's not an unfamiliar position for the Golden Flashes. Almost every
recruiting cycle during head coach Doug Martin's tenure the
Golden Flashes have lost a committed prospect to a BCS conference school.
With their success in recruiting over the last few years, it's a position
they'll find themselves in a lot more often.



























KENT
STATE QUARTERBACK RECRUITING
BEST
BETS
Name

Height

Weight

Hometown

Ranking

Offer

6-0
182
Raleigh, N.C.
Yes
Posted
over 3,000 yards of total offense as a junior at Southeast Raleigh High
School. Visited Kent
State
on
July
16. Scheduled
to announce college choice on Friday, July 25. Buffalo, Georgia Tech
and Kent State are the favorites, with all but Georgia Tech having extended
a scholarship offer.
Name
Height

Weight

Hometown

Ranking

Offer

6-2
185
Columbus, Ohio
--
Yes

Led Marion-Franklin to a perfect 10-0 regular season record and the
second round of the Ohio Division II playoffs. Holds offers from Bowling
Green and Kent State. The Falcons already have a quarterback verbally
committed, but Reed has discussed playing other positions at "bigger"
schools.


Name
Height

Weight

Hometown

Ranking

Offer

Jerry
Lovelocke
6-4
200
Baltimore, Md.
Yes
Lovelocke
holds offers from MAC foes Akron, Central Michigan and Temple, and another
from Towson. Only Kent State and Towson have yet to receive a commitment
from a quarterback. As of July 7, Lovelocke claims Temple and Kent State
as his favorites.
Name
Height
Weight
Hometown
Ranking
Offer
6-4
220
Bucyrus, Oho
Yes
Being
recruited by several BCS schools to play on the defensive side of the
ball. Threw for 1,800
yards and rushed for another 700 last season.Those BCS offers likely
keep Brause from landing in Kent.
OFF THE BOARD
Name
Height

Weight

Hometown

Ranking

Offer

6-3

220

Cincinnati, Ohio


Yes

Committed
to Notre Dame.
Name
Height

Weight

Hometown

Ranking

Offer

6-3

205

Middletown, Ohio


Yes

Committed
to Bowling Green.
Name
Height

Weight

Hometown

Ranking

Offer

5-11

220

Cincinnati, Ohio


Yes

Ware has not verbally
committed to any school, but with a slew of BCS offers it isn't likely
he lands at Kent State, or plays quarterback at the next level.

 




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