January 31, 2009

Mother knows best

Before Edward Cazenave and his father left Kent State after last weekend's official visit, they stopped at the University bookstore and loaded up on Golden Flashes apparel. That was a sure-fire sign the 6-foot-1, 180-pound receiver from East Paulding High in Dallas, Ga., was ready to commit to the school, but there was one important thing he had to do before making it official.

"We wanted to let (my mom) know how it went so that she could feel involved in the decision and she was happy with it, so I went ahead and committed," Cazenave said. "I really enjoyed it there."

Cazenave said it was the combination of Kent State's academics and up-and-coming football program that drew him to the school.

"I loved how the communications program was set up; they make it real convenient for the students," he said. "I feel like Kent State's program is on the rise and will do great things in these next coming years. They really wanted me, not only as an athlete but as a student too."

Cazenave was hosted over the weekend by sophomore quarterback Giorgio Morgan, another Georgia native.

During his visit, Cazenave had the chance to take a good luck at Kent State's snowy campus, something he doesn't see much in Georgia.

"It was my first time seeing such a large amount (of snow)," he said. "But their campus is beautiful, even though it was covered in snow. Actually, I didn't even think it was that cold."

He also had the opportunity to spend time with many of the players.

"They really accepted me, even the ones I will be competing with for a spot," he said.

In 12 games this season, Cazenave scored nine touchdowns on about 30 catches and 500 yards for the Raiders, who finished the year 9-3.

Cazenave, a starter since his sophomore season, said he plans to get to Kent State in the summer to begin working out with the team.

Click here for some video highlights of Cazenave in action.

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