August 12, 2013

Kent State gets its kicker

Last year, Shane Hynes watched Kent State play from the Golden Flashes student section. Next year, Hynes plans on playing a bit of role reversal.

The Clarkston, Michigan kicker committed to Kent State on Monday, joining Paul Haynes' 2014 recruiting class. Hynes' commitment comes just months after he witnessed KSU lose in the MAC Championship Game, while sitting in the Flashes' student section.

"It's kind of ironic, I was at the MAC Championship Game last year when they played NIU, and I actually ended up sitting in their student section the whole game," Hynes said. "Kent State was my first offer."

The 5-foot-9, 140-pounder chose to play for the Flashes over Toledo, who had also offered him a scholarship. Hynes said that his decision to play for Kent State came down to the family atmosphere that Haynes sold him on.

"I like the coaching staff. It all starts with them," Hynes said. "You spend almost 80 hours a week with your team and it seems like a good family to be a part of as well."

After connecting on 6-of-9 field goal attempts last season with a long of 53 yards, Hynes put together a solid camp season this spring, making 30 of his 36 attempts. Hynes would like to add some more power to his game, before joining the KSU roster next fall.

"If I can get a little weight under me, getting some power would definitely help me become the kicker that I want to be," Hynes said.

Hynes said that the KSU coaching staff told him that the plan was for him to start all four years of his college career, which came much to the delight of the Clarkston High School product. The Golden Flashes sold Clarkston on becoming a prominent part of a family that he can't wait to join.

"I know it's a great school, but it's mostly the coaching staff," he said. "The coaching staff really set it apart from other schools. They made an effort and they really wanted me to be a part of their family."

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