December 12, 2011
France is even more pumped after visit
Kent State's recruiting weekend was a big one and even though there were a couple of solid names for uncommited recruits it was also a chance for a good number of the current commits to meet and have some time together on official visits away from home.
Elyria (Ohio) offensive lineman Tad France committed to the Golden Flashes back in June and has been a vocal member of the class when it comes to the recruiting effort. But it was also nice to just be able to sit back and enjoy all the trappings involved with an official visit and being only a couple of months out from signing a NLOI and joining Kent State for real.
"It was a really good time," France said of his visit to Kent State. "I got to meet all of the players. I love the players, the coaches, the facilities and the area. I got along with all them and I did some recruiting while I was there and it all went great."
Running back Devin Campbell, quarterback David Fisher, defensive end Reno Reda and wide out Tajae Sharp were all there as uncommitted prospects.
It is only 53 miles from Elyira to Kent so France knows his way around the KSU campus well during the process and believes that he will fit in just fine when he reports to college after his senior season. What impressed him the most about his visit this time around?
"I would say the whole team gets along really well," France said. "Sometimes you see teams that hang out in cliques. Where the O-line will hang out together and the D-line will hang out together... here everyone is a core unit and it is like a big fraternity and everyone gets along really well and it is just a huge family."
France was hosted by defensive tackle Dana Brown on his visit and had nothing but glowing things to say about his official host.
Head coach Darrell Hazell will be in his second season as head coach for Kent State and has a lot to build upon. The team did not reach bowl eligibility with a 5-7 final record but did win four in a row before a season ending loss at Temple.
"Coach Hazell is a great guy and you couldn't ask for a better coach," France said. "Kent State will be the best school in the MAC in the next two years. We are going to run it this year. Kent State is the second biggest school in Ohio and there is no reason that we can't compete with the BCS schools out there."
France has put a lot of time into his individual development and spent time during the offseason at LeCharles Bentley's Offensive Lineman camp. Every little bit will help France work toward his goal of being a big time college lineman.
"I feel that my technique compared to other high school players is really good," France said. "That is going to help me a lot and I have a work ethic that a lot of people don't have. I want to play right now and don't want to redshirt. I want to play this next season."
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