Kent State football's recruiting class bios

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KENT STATE RECRUIT BIOS

Here's a look at the 20 members of Kent State's 2014 recruiting class:

GEORGE BOLLAS, QB, 6-3, 205, Aurora

Chagrin Valley Conference Offensive MVP , all-state as senior (1,323 yards rushing, 1,355 yards passing, 30 total TDs); state qualifier in wrestling; father, grandfather both wrestled at Ohio State.

Haynes: "George is a very athletic, tough kid. A lot of teams were recruiting him even to play on defense somewhere, that's the kind of kid he is. We'll put him at the quarterback spot, but he may be a kid down the road that could be at another position."

LUKE GRANDJEAN, WR, 6-3, 185, North Canton/Hoover H.S.

Played QB as senior (1,402 yards passing, 8 TDs; 970 yards rushing, 14 TDs); uncle Charlie Grandjean played at Kent State and is member of Varsity 'K' Hall of Fame.

Haynes: "He's tall, great hands. He actually played quarterback at Hoover his senior year so he's very versatile, and that meant a lot to us. I played with a bunch of Hoover and GlenOak guys that are still in the area and they all spoke highly of Luke."

ZAQUON TYSON, WR, 5-9, 155, Miami, Fla./Norland H.S.

Helped Norland win a state title in 2011; earned MVP of both Georgia vs. Florida, Private vs. Public all-star games; 30 catches for 550 yards, 4 touchdowns as a senior.

Haynes: "He's a fast, quick kid. He'll need to get in the weight room, but he's a kid that can stretch the field. He'll be able to do some special things for us in the slot position. I've been recruiting that area for 12 years, and all those coaches new about Zaquon."

MILES HIBBLER, RB, 5-10, 185, Troy

Two-time All-Greater Western Ohio Conference, All-Southwest District First Team selection; rushed for 1,644 yards, 21 touchdowns on 235 carries as a senior.

Haynes: "Miles is a fast kid, probably a 10.7 or 10.8 100-meter guy. He's a tough kid, smaller in stature but strong and can run between the tackles. He's an 80 guy, a guy that can take it to the house."

STEFANO MILLIN, OL, 6-5, 245, Massillon/Perry H.S.

All-Federal League as a senior; recorded 18 career sacks, 25 tackles for loss; two-time state wrestling qualifier, two-time place-winner at both Iron Man and Beast of the East tournaments.

Haynes: "He's tall, slim. He's actually down in weight because he moved down to 225 this year and has a chance to win state (in wrestling). He'll get his weight back up to around 260 by the time he gets here. Tough kid. Everybody that I played with in that area talked highly of him."

COLLIN PROUTY, OL, 6-5, 280, Dresden/Tri-Valley H.S.

Two-time All-Ohio Second Team selection; two-time Muskingum Valley League Offensive Lineman of the Year.

Haynes: "He's a tough, hard-nosed kid. He'll be a good addition to the toughness part of our offensive line."

NATHAN PUTHOFF, OL, 6-5, 287, Columbus/St. Charles H.S.

All-Ohio First Team selection; offensive Team MVP; totaled 73 pancake blocks as a senior.

Haynes: "He's a kid that you look at him and think he may be one who can come in and help (right away). A very tough kid."

CONNOR SHINSKY, OL, 6-6, 260, Butler, Pa./Knock H.S.

All-Greater Allegheny Conference First Team selection as junior, senior; named to Butler Eagle Sweet 16, Pittsburgh Post Gazette North Finest 22; totaled 45 tackles, 6 sacks as a junior.

Haynes: "We recruited Connor for a long time. He fits that mold of blue-collar. He had some adverstity though high school, his mom passed, so he's a very mature and tough kid."

JON CUNNINGHAM, DT, 6-0, 265, Bedford

Earned all-conference honors in junior, senior seasons; made 77 tackles, 55 solo, and scored 2 TDs.

Haynes: "He's a thick-legged, powerful kid that has a chance to come in and help us (right away)."

KALIL MORRIS, DT, 6-3, 280, Columbus/Bishop Hartley H.S.

All-Ohio First Team as junior, senior; three-time all-district, All-Central Catholic League First Team selection; made 161 career tackles with 15 sacks, 5 forced fumbles, 2 fumbles recovered.

Haynes: "He's a kid that's been through some adversity in high school, but he has a great support system. He's a strong, tough kid. He could be one of those kids I can see playing a little bit next year."

ZACK SINGER, DT, 6-3, 290, Las Vegas, Nev./Bishop Gorman H.S.

Earned all-state honors in all 4 seasons; helped Bishop Gorman to 4 state titles, 4 Top 25 national rankings; played both ways, rarely left the field; 37 tackles as a senior.

Haynes: "He's very strong. You talk to their coaches (at Bishop Gorman) and he's just an awesome leader, captain of one of the best high school programs in the country. A lot of teams looked at him but no one pulled the pin on him."

JAMES ALEXANDER, LB, 5-11, 219, Miami, Fla./Miami Jackson H.S.

Two-time All-Dade County First Team selection; recorded 351 career tackles, 15 sacks, 2 TDs, 7 fumbles recovered, 3 forced fumbles; broke school record for tackles in a season with 145.

Haynes: "James is a very tough, athletic. He can play in space, very smart kid. I'm very impressed with him."

MARQUES MOORE, LB, 6-2, 200, Springfield

Named to All-Greater Western Ohio Conference First Team; received invites for National Underclassmen (NUC) All-American Game, NUC Ultimate 100, Texas vs. the World Game; blocked 3 punts; two uncles and a cousin played in the NFL.

Haynes: "He's very athletic, gonna have to get in the weight room a little bit but he plays in space. Athletically he could probably play safety, he's that type of athlete."

MATTHEW SOMMERS, LB, 6-2, 220, Kent Roosevelt H.S.

Two-time Portage Trail Conference Defensive Player of the Year; earned All-Ohio Second Team honors as a senior; led Roosevelt to three conference championships; totaled 421 career tackles, 30 tackles for loss, 10 sacks, 6 forced fumbles; holds Roosevelt records for tackles in a season, career; joins Marcus Wright, Evan Shimensky as ex-Rough Rider stars playing at KSU.

Haynes: "Matt was a kid that was high on our board. After we evaluated him we were like man this kid is awesome. Then talking with (Roosevelt coach John) Nemec about him, who I've had a relationship with for a long time, and we found out he's an awesome kid as well. He's a great addition, not only for Kent State but for the community of Kent, to keep him here."

ELDIN ANU, CB, 5-10, 165, Columbus/Westerville Central H.S.

All-Ohio Second Team selection; 53 catches for 718 yards, 7 touchdowns, 1,075 all-purpose yards; recorded 4 interceptions, 58 tackles, 13 pass breakups; helped Westerville Central to Cardinal Division.

Haynes: "He can play on both sides of the ball, a very fast kid. He'll play both corner and wide receiver in fall camp and we'll see where he can help us the fastest."

QUAN ROBINSON JR., CB, 6-1, 170, Cleveland/Glenville H.S.

Senate League All-Star; threw for 1,945 yards, 25 touchdowns while rushing for 500 yards, 14 TDs as a senior.

Haynes: "One of those versatile kids, played quarterback for them. Very smart kid. I've had a long relationship with (Glenville) coach (Ted) Ginn and he knows what type of kids I want, so it's real easy recruiting Glenville. He'll start out at corner, but he could end up on the other side of the ball."

JERRELL FOSTER, CB, 6-0, 180, Cincinnati/Winton Woods H.S.

Earned All-City, all-district honors; helped Winton Woods advance to third round of state playoffs; picked off 3 passes as a senior; joins Cincinnati natives Trayion Durham, Kevin DeWalt at KSU.

Haynes: "Another kid that we recruited for a long time. He has a tough look to him. An intelligent kid, long, rangy. He's a pure corner, he'll tackle."

MARCUS ELLIOTT, DB, 6-1, 200, Toledo/Whitmer H.S.

All-Ohio First Team selection as a senior; 259 career tackles, 10 interceptions; holds school record for INTs in a season with 8; 13 career tackles for loss, 8 forced fumbles.

Haynes: "He's a very smart kid. He's one of the first kids that we offered and he was the first one to have his letter in this morning Very tough, rangy, hard-nosed kid."

ERIK SIMPSON, S, 6-0, 175, Cleveland/Glenville H.S.

All-Senate League First Team selection; made 54 tackles with 6 pass breakups, 1 INT in senior season.

Haynes: "He's very tough, hard-nosed. He played corner but we'll probably start him off at safety. He's a 3.4 student."

SHANE HYNES, K, 5-10, 150, Clarkston (Mich.) H.S.

Two-time all-state selection; kicked school record 53-yard field goal as a junior; totaled 63 kickoffs for touchbacks as a senior.

Haynes: "He'll fit into that mix of guys trying to take the kicking responsibility away from (star punter Anthony Melchiori), so he can just concentrate on punting. We expect him to come in and compete right away."

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