2013 Football Signing Day Updates
National Signing Day is here. And for the first time in 90 seasons at Kent State, it comes following an 11-win campaign. Refresh this page throughout the day for continuous updates (videos, stats & honors) as signed National Letters Intent come in. Updates can also be found on Twitter @KentStFootball & @KSUathletics.
Head Coach Paul Haynes arrived on campus just seven weeks ago and five of Kent State's assistant coaches have been on staff for less than four weeks, but the entire staff has put in the extra hours on the road, securing the final members of the recruiting class.
Recruiting Coordinator and Linebackers Coach Ben Needham can be heard on BigTime Sports at 4:30 p.m. on 1350 AM and iHeartRadio.
The day will culminate with a National Signing Day Party at Quaker Steak & Lube in the basement of the Student Center from 5:30 - 7:30. Football Color Analyst Rob Polinsky will host a live radio show from Quaker Steak & Lube from 6-6:50 p.m.
1:00 p.m. Press Conference- "We looked for players that wanted to come in and compete for a spot right away," Haynes said.
10:45 a.m.- Dri Archer stops into the football office and he's glad to hear everyone's on board...seems anxious to hear more about them
10:10 a.m.- Every expected fax is in already...an unofficial program record
Jontey "Juice" Byrd
5-11• 280 lbs • DT • Daytona Beach, Fla. • Mainland
Notables: First team All-State in 6A and a first team All-Area selection … Team won conference championship and regional championship … Named to Sentinel's 2013 Central Florida Super 60 Also played basketball, baseball and track & field.
Stats: Recorded 95 tackles and 13 sacks as a senior. ..Totaled 27 tackles for loss as a nose tackle…He also rushed for 100 yards and six touchdowns in his senior year and was used often in short yardage situations … Finished with seven sacks and 105 tackles as a junior.
6-3 • 320 lbs • OL • Daytona Beach, Fla. • Mainland
5-11 • 210 lbs • LB/CB • New Orleans, La. • Edna Karr
Notables: Was a three-time member of the all-district team…Earned All-Metro honors…Team captain…He helped Edna Karr to three state title game appearances and a state championship in 2012…Was a three-year starter…Expected to play linebacker of cornerback.
Stats: Made 270 career tackles and 13 career interceptions.
Kevin Bourne NC's Bourne signs with Kent State
5-10 • 180 lbs • Safety • Newark, Ohio • Newark Catholic
Notables: Named Division VI Ohio Defensive Player of the Year and All-Ohio First Team…Earned Central District Player of the Year honors… Advocate Defensive Player of the Year…Newark Catholic finished as state runner-up…Also played running back, kick returner and long snapper… Team captain… Father played football at Baldwin-Wallace…a sprinter on track & field team and member of Newark Catholic's district champion basketball team.
Stats: Intercepted five passes, returning two for touchdowns…recovered three fumbles, returning a pair for touchdowns…Led team in tackles…Scored 26 total touchdowns…Tied OHSAA record with a 108-yard interception return for touchdown…Scored a record 11 consecutive touchdowns for Newark Catholic.
6-0 • 230 lbs • Linebacker/Fullback • Canton, Ohio • Massillon Washington
Notables: Helped the Tigers advance to the Division I Regional final... Earned All-Ohio Special Mention and was named to All-Northeast Inland District and All-Stark County Teams. ..Team captain…Has already been a part of a win at Dix Stadium, when Massillon defeated Canton McKinley in the playoffs this past November.
Stats: In the first five weeks of 2012 season, Taylor ran for six touchdowns and 220 yards on 38 carries... Made 97 tackles as a linebacker and had hand in six turnovers, including an interception returned 93 yards for a touchdown…Had eight tackles for loss in 2012 and three sacks…Made 13 tackles in Regional final against Toledo Whitmer.
6-3 • 260 lbs • Defensive Tackle • Eden Prarie, Minn. • Eden Prarie
Notables: Two-time all-state selection in Minnesota … Also a two time all-conference (Lake) and All-Metro (Twin Cities) selection … Helped Eden Prairie to state championships in his junior and senior seasons and a runner-up finish as a freshman … Eden Prarie earned a No. 15 national ranking by USA Today…A four-year letterwinner in football…Also participated in track & field in the shot put and discus.
6-3 • 200 lbs • Quarterback • Zanesville, Ohio • Tri-Valley
Notables: First team all-state selection as a junior and senior and a three-year all-conference selection … Named Eastern District Player of the Year and Region II Player of the year … Led Tri-Valley to conference championships as a junior and senior, including an undefeated season in his senior year.
Stats: Threw for more than 7,000 passing yards and rushed for another 1,700 in his career … Threw for 34 touchdowns and just four interceptions as a junior, then followed with 25 touchdowns and three interceptions as a senior … Also a two-time all-league selection in baseball … Was 10-0 as a starting pitcher in his freshman year when he posted a 0.43 ERA.
6-1 • 205 lbs • Linebacker • Miami, Fla. • Northwestern
Recruiting Coordinator/Linebackers Coach Ben Needham checks the first fax...
6-3 • 225 lbs • Defensive End • Atlanta, Ga. • Henry County
6-1 • 200 lbs • Linebacker • Stockbridge, Ga. • Heritage
Notables: A two-time all-region and all-state selection at inside linebacker … Helped Heritage to a regional championship … A four-time Scholar Athlete owning a 3.0 GPA or higher … Plans to study sports administration … Father Derrick Moore played for the Atlanta Falcons, Detroit Lions and Carolina Panthers from 1992-95 and set the NAIA single-season rushing record in 1991 while playing for Northeastern State University.
Stats: Recorded 103 tackles, three sacks and 27 tackles for losses as a senior … Finished junior year with 103 tackles, including 10 for losses…Also scored a touchdown in his junior year.
5-10 • 160 lbs • Wide Receiver • Richmond Hts., Ohio • Glenville
6-4 • 200 lbs • Linebacker • Columbus, Ohio • Olentangy Liberty
Notables: Special mention All-Ohio Capital Conference … Helped Olentangy Liberty to OCC championship in junior and senior years … Also played basketball in his freshman and sophomore years.
Stats: Recorded 77 tackles, two interceptions, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery in his junior season.
6-7 • 240 lbs • Tight End • Big Prairie, Ohio • West Holmes
Notables: First-team All-Ohio Cardinal Conference, first-team Eastern District and Honorable Mention All-Ohio … Helped West Holmes to the OCC championship and a regional runner-up finish … A four-year letterman and starter on the West Holmes basketball team … Plans to study pre-med … Parents Ted and Wendy Macaulay are both Kent State graduates.
5-11 • 185 lbs • Cornerback • Douglasville, Ga. • Pebblebrook
Notables: First team all-region … Plans to study Criminal Justice … Earned Player of the Week honors for offense, defense and special teams…Also competed in baseball and track & field at Pebblebrook.
Stats: Recorded 62 tackles, 12 pass break-ups, two forced fumbles and a blocked field goal … Also returned two punts for scores and rushed for two touchdowns.
6-2 • 225 lbs • Tight End • New Orleans, La. • St. Paul's
Notables: Second team all-state selection by both coaches and writers…Earned first team all-district honors in junior and senior seasons…Team captain…Helped St. Paul's to a conference title…Father, Terry, played football at Holy Cross and currently serves as tight ends coach for the New Orleans Saints.
Stats: Made 30 catches for 300 yards and seven receiving touchdowns…Ran for seven touchdowns and 350 yards on 50 carries.
5-9 • 170 lbs • Cornerback • Pennsauken, N.J. • Timber Creek
Notables: An all-area, all-conference and all-Group III selection … Helped Timber Creek to back-to-back state and conference championships in 2011 and 2012 … Also an all-conference selection in basketball and an academic all-state selection … Plans to study sports administration
Stats: Recorded a combined 106 tackles, four interceptions 16 pass break-ups, four forced fumbles, six fumble recoveries and three rushing touchdowns in his junior and senior seasons.
5-11 • 180 lbs • Safety • Aurora, Ohio • Aurora
Notables: Earned all-conference honors…named to the all-district second team…Played offense and defense…Helped Aurora to conference and regional championships…Earned Aurora's Defensive Back of the Year…Was high school teammates with Anthony Melchiori…Father, Jake played at Mount Union…Mother, Shannon attended Kent State…Was an all-conference shortstop on Aurora's baseball team
Stats: Made 75 tackles and four interceptions…Recovered a fumble and scored a defensive touchdown…Ran for 850 yards and 16 touchdowns on 99 carries…Had 268 receiving yards and four touchdown catches…Averaged 27.1 yards on kick returns.
5-11 • 210 lbs • Running Back • Lancaster, Pa. • Lancaster Catholic
Notables: First-team selection all-state by Pennsylvania Sports Writers' Association in junior and senior seasons…earned all-state honors for two years from Pennsylvania Football News and Eastern Pennsylvania Football…Helped Lancaster Catholic to PIAA state championship (AA) in 2011…Crusaders went 36-5 in his three varsity seasons making three district playoff appearances.
Stats: rushed for a Lancaster-Lebanon League-record 2,497 yards and scored 31 touchdowns as a senior… rushed for 1,900 yards and 35 touchdowns as a junior… 5,940 career rushing yards are the third most in league history.
6-0 • 180 lbs • Athlete • Toledo, Ohio • Whitmer
8:15 a.m.- Associate AD for Academics and Compliance Randale Richmond approves the first group of letters. The first two in were Nick and Nate Holley
6-0 • 175 lbs • Athlete • Toledo, Ohio • Whitmer
7:55 a.m.- Five faxes are in...just waiting on confirmation from compliance...the first two to arrive are twin brothers
7:35 a.m.- First NLI comes through fax machine. Recruiting Coordinator Ben Needham calls to congratulate and hands the phone off to Coach Haynes
6:45 a.m.- Coaches meeting
6:10 a.m.- Coaches Brian Rock and Shawn Clark are the first to get into the office
The first member of Kent State's 2013 freshmen will be suiting up this spring.
6-2 • 210 lbs • Wide Receiver • Clermont,Fla. • South Lake
Notables: Team captain at South Lake. ..played quarterback, running back, wide receiver and linebacker…First player to join the Golden Flashes after graduating high school a semester early…White began classes at Kent State in January and will be the only one in the group to play this spring season. …His father, George is from Ohio.
Stats: Threw for 1,334 yards, 14 touchdowns and only four interceptions as a sophomore.