December 31, 2011
Flashes land lone star CB
The string of December commitments continues for the Kent State football program. On Thursday, the Flashes landed a commitment from defensive back Kerrick Rhone. The 5-foot-11, 175-pound cornerback out of Hendrickson (Tex.) Pflugerville became the 18th member of the Flashes' 2012 recruiting class.
"(Head coach Darrell Hazell) gave me a phone call and we just talked a little bit about my questionnaire and how I felt about his program and then he offered me," said Rhone. "It took me a day or two and I decided to commit."
Rhone's relationship with Hazell went a long way in sealing the deal for the Flashes who now have dipped into arguably the most talent-rich football state in the nation.
"Coach Hazell is just a good coach," he explained. "Knowing his background and knowing that he came from Ohio State, I knew he would be a good coach, especially after his first year. I know he's in the rebuilding stage so I thought I could come in and help. I also have family in the Kent area so that was another reason that I decided to commit. Also the academics, I want to major in forensic science and they have a good program in that."
Rhone hasn't seen the Kent State campus yet, but he will make his official visit on January 20th.
"I'm excited just to get a look at the campus and the area," he said. "I'm also looking forward to seeing the coaches and players and finding out what it means to be a Kent State football player."
On the field, Rhone and his teammates won eight games this past season and reached the second round of the playoffs. Rhone contributed on special teams in addition to his duties at corner, where he considers his physical nature as his best asset.
"We play a lot of press coverage in high school so I've got that down," he explained. "I'm very physical, that's one of my strong points."
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