February 28, 2011

Schoen checks out Kent State

There have been a lot of changes at Kent State since the Golden Flashes finished the 2010 season with a 5-7 record.

First, the Golden Flashes replaced head coach Doug Martin, who resigned after seven years at the school, with former Ohio State assistant Darrell Hazell, who then hired a completely new staff.

On Sunday, Hazell and his group of assistants invited over 100 high school football prospects to campus for a junior day event designed to give potential Division I players the opportunity to learn about Hazell's plans at Kent State and to tour the campus and football facilities.

"I liked it a lot," said Brandon Schoen, a 6-foot, 190-pound running back/safety from Orange High School in Olentangy, Ohio. "The new coach there seems like a really good coach."

Schoen, who traveled to the event with teammates Billy McCague and Taylor Hardy, was impressed with Hazell's organization of the event and Kent State's facilities.

"We all split up into groups and toured the campus' main buildings. They took us to the (recreation center), the MAC Center, the indoor football facility and the locker rooms," he said. "After that was over with we went back to where we started the day off and met with our position coaches and they went over what they were looking for."

Schoen met with new safeties coach Jeff Burrow.

"He seemed like he builds relationships with all of his position players and doesn't just care about one or two. He was a really nice guy," he said. "He said he's looking for a guy that can be better than just good and it all starts off the field. He wants a guy that he can count on to make the big plays and have great character off the field and be a great person off the field because it transitions onto the field."

While Schoen didn't have the chance to personally meet with Hazell he did enjoy what Hazell had to say to the entire group.

"He wants players that are good people too and that take care of business in the classroom," he said. "He wants players that are motivated and want to play at the next level and to take the program to the next level."

Schoen, who rushed for over 800 yards and 10 scores and pitched in on defense with 50 tackles and three interceptions in 2010, said he also was approached by linebackers coach Marcus Freeman.

"He's the recruiter for Columbus and he approached me and told me he has watched me and likes the way I play," Schoen said.

Prior to attending Kent State's junior day, Schoen was at Toledo on Saturday for a similar event.



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