Kent State Is Actively Looking For Walk-On's At Wide Receiver And Offensive Line...Just Days Before They Play Clemson
As hilarious as it is that Kent State is still trying to fill their roster with unrecognized talent mere hours before they head down to college football country and take on the reigning National Champions, I also kind of respect the move. Other, more prestigious programs might be too proud to admit that their current receiving core couldn't catch a cold in the middle of allergy season. Not the Flashes. They are literally ready to plug in any abnormally large human being with a passing interest in football on their offensive line to serve as nothing more than a speed bump that could mildly decrease the quickness with which their quarterback gets run over. There is something to be said for a small school exhausting all their options in terms of campus-wide recruitment, even if doing so four nights before the season opener on the most unforgiving of turf seems a wee bit belated.
I guess my only question here is whether or not they should have been so specific in their random, online cold call for supremely skilled students. Apparently they are depleted at wideout and offensive line, but if you're desperate enough to be putting out an APB on undiscovered athletes 96 hours before your season starts on the road in hostile territory then you probably shouldn't be putting those undiscovered athletes in a box.
Hell, maybe there's an aspiring cornerback out there that just needs a practice or two to find out that his hands are too good to be wasted on defense. It's not likely that there is some former high school nose tackle that packed on a quick freshman 15 while hitting the cafe 5 times a day during orientation week and would be better suited to block instead of shed blocks at the collegiate level. However, if there is then he's certainly not putting his bargain basement beer down thinking he's a suitable candidate to be the backup right guard. Are these Kent State coaches actual coaches at all? The "ATH" designation exists for a reason, and it's to get the most talent possible in the building before deciding where to put it. Especially when that talent is undoubtedly hard to come by throughout the half-drunk student body of a non-state 'state' school.
If nothing else, that walk-on invite should have been all-encompassing so that it could be played off as a PR stunt when it inevitably produces diminishing returns. Instead it will be seen as a filtered call to arms that serves as the social media equivalent of a neon bar sign that publicly highlights your team's flaws.