Kent State added 19 players during the early signing phase

Former high school star linemen John Jackson, Mason Menell and Nolan Rumler Headlining a list of 19 recruits who joined the Kent State football program during the 2021 early signing phase.

Jackson is a 6-foot-3, 260-pound defensive end who led Barberton to a 10-2 record this fall. As a junior, he compiled 67 tackles (7 for losses) and 47 tackles with eight tackles for losses and three sacks as a sophomore.

Mennell is a 6-4, 300-pound offensive lineman from Stow. He earned All-Suburban League honors after helping the Bulldogs win 9-3 while averaging over 32 points a game in 2021. Mennell is Ohio State’s 50th recruit and the nation’s 79th lineman, according to 247 Sports.

Rumler is a 6-3, 315-pound offensive lineman from Kent who played his high school football at Hoban and was a member of the Michigan program for the past two seasons. He was a three-time All-Ohio performer and two-time Max Preps All-American. Rumler was a member of four state championship teams at Hoban.

Jackson, Mennell and Rumler are three of the 11 linemen, or tight ends, signed by the Flashes. Jackson and Mennell are two of Kent State’s seven three-star commits, according to 247 Sports, along with quarterback Devin Kargman, wide receiver Jameel Gardner, offensive lineman Nick Bryan, cornerback Tyler Bivens and offensive lineman Garrett Masterson.

Here’s a look at each non-Kent area recruit:

Josh Baka (DB, 6-1/190, Ottawa/Ontario)

Ranked as one of Canada’s top talents, Baka also played for Saint Thomas More in Connecticut. He was one of two defensemen who were among Connecticut’s top 10 players.

Oliver Billotte (DL, 6-4/250, Clearfield, Pa.)

Billote played both quarterback and defensive line for Clearfield. He has 65 tackles in 11 games this fall, including 25 for losses and 10 sacks. Billote also qualified for the state in wrestling.

Tyler Bivens (DB, 6-0/160, Ann Arbor, Mich.)

Bivens helped the River Rats to an 8-2 record this fall. Ranked by 247 Sports as one of the top defenders at Rivals Camp in Indianapolis and #50 overall recruit in Michigan State.

Nick Bryan (OL, 6-/270, Pleasant Hills, Pa./Thomas Jefferson HS)

Bryan played for state champion Thomas Jefferson on both offense and defense. He was named to the PA Football News Coaches 4A All-State team and to the Pittsburgh Post Gazette’s Fabulous 22. According to 247 Sports, he is the 38th overall recruit in the state of Pennsylvania.

Stephen Daley (DL, 6-2/240, Winchester, Virginia/John Handley HS)

Daley was named 4c Defensive Player of the Year in 2021 and is an All-State on both sides of the ball. Third in the state in the 100-meter dash and fifth in the discus throw. Also helps the basketball team reach the state finals.

Danville High School senior Tyler Dostin (2) reacts in the end zone after scoring the game-winning touchdown in the first half of an IHSAA varsity football game Friday, September 17, 2021 at Tri-West Hendricks High School has.  Danville High School defeated their Hendricks County rival, Tri-West Hendricks, 14-7.

Tyler Dostin (TE, 6-3/230, Danville, Indiana)

Dostin has been named an All-State for the past two seasons and helped Danville win 21 of 24 games. A total of 145 catches for 1,710 yards and 24 touchdowns during his high school career.

Gavin Garcia (RB, 5-8/170, Catawissa, Pennsylvania/Southern Columbia HS)

Garcia helped Southern Columbia win four state titles. Finished his high school career with over 130 touchdowns, the second-highest in Pennsylvania history. Run for 2,000 yards as a senior and 1,921 yards as a junior.

(From left) Antasha Smith, Jameel Gardner Sr. and Danielle Gardner were on hand to support Detroit Cass Tech senior Jameel Gardner Jr. who made a commitment to Cass Tech on Wednesday, December 15, 2021 to play football in Kent State.

Jameel Gardner Jr. (WR, 6-1/170, Detroit, Mich./Cass Technical)

Gardner Jr. led the Technicians to a 12-2 record and a deep run in the 2021 Michigan State playoffs. Named to the second-team All-State team as a senior. Catched 32 passes for 584 yards and 10 touchdowns as a junior. He is Michigan State’s 47th recruit, according to 247 Sports.

Lawrence Central head coach William Patterson speaks with player Jahmad Harmon (10) during their game against Warren Central on Friday, September 10, 2021 at Lawrence Central High School.  The Warren Central High School Warriors beat the Lawrence Central Bears 48-13.

Jahmad Harmon (DB, 6-0/175, Indianapolis, Indiana/Lawrence Central HS)

Harmon was named an All-State as a senior after recording 56 tackles, including 45 solo, with nine passes defended and three interceptions. Also blocked three kicks in 2021.

Trell Harris (WR, 6-1/185, La Grange, Illinois/Nazareth Academy)

Harris was named All-State and Conference Player of the Year as a senior after catching 54 passes for 870 yards and 12 touchdowns. He also had 750 return yards with six return touchdowns that season.

Mohammed Hazime (TE, 6-5/245, Dearborn, Mich./Fordson HS)

Hazime helped the Tractors to a 9-2 win that fall by playing the tight end, offensive line, and defensive line. Rated a three star tight end by multiple outlets.

Justin Holmes (TE, 6-3/220, Kutztown, Pa./NW Lehigh HS)

Holmes helped Northwest Lehigh have an 11-1 season, passing for 1,300 yards and 18 touchdowns and rushing for 1,300 yards for 20 points. Also caught a touchdown pass and made 63 stops on defense with six sacks.

Devin Kargman of Woodrow Wilson throws a pass during the South-Central Group 3 Regional Championship soccer game between Woodrow Wilson and Cedar Creek held at Rutgers University in Piscataway on Saturday December 4, 2021.

Devin Kargman (QB, 6-3/220, Camden, NJ/Woodrow Wilson HS)

Kargman threw for nearly 2,800 yards and had a 25-3 touchdown-to-interception ratio as a senior, which helped Woodrow Wilson finish 9-3. Throw for nearly 8,000 yards and 77 touchdowns during his high school career. According to 247 Sports, he is the 14th recruit in New Jersey.

Garrett Masterson (OL, 6-7/300, Lapeer, Mich.)

According to 247 Sports, Michigan State’s No. 53 recruit, Masterson helped the Lightning (7-3) average over 38 points per game this season.

Avon High School junior Chrishon Mccray (2) overcomes tackles from Brownsburg High School senior Chris Williamson (23) in the second half.  Avon High School hosted Brownsburg High School in IHSAA Football Class 6A semifinal action on Friday, October 30, 2020.  Brownsburg won 34-31.

Chrishon McCray (WR, 5-10/170, Avon, Ind.)

McCray rushed for 1,300 yards and 11 touchdowns during his high school career and caught 18 touchdown passes as a senior at Avon. Had 1,300 yards as a senior.

Dustyn Morrell (OL, 6-5/265, Lapeer, Mich.)

Morrell, a three-star lineman from numerous outlets, joins Lapeer teammate Garrett Masterson with the Flashes.

The Flashes (7-6) take on Wyoming (6-6) in the 2021 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. on ESPN.

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