Several future Kent State football players excelled last night at the Ohio North-South All-Star Classic at Ohio Stadium in Columbus.
The South beat the North 23-20 in front of about 5,000 fans. The game featured five players going to Ohio State, five going to Michigan and five on their way to Notre Dame.
On this night it was the future Flashes who stole the show.
Incoming quarterback Jerrod Ronyak threw two 56-yard touchdown passes for the North squad.
"It's really exciting to play with kids I'm going to be playing with in the future," Ronyak told the Cleveland Plain Dealer. "It's exciting to see all the Kent State guys around. I'm really looking forward to it."
Ronyak finished the evening 8-16 for 134 yards and two TD's.
KSU recruit and defensive lineman Roosevelt Nix went 40 yards for a touchdown on a fumble recovery for the South team.
Incoming defensive back Luke Wollet intercepted a pass. On the Nix rumble to the end zone, the ball was initially stripped by KSU recruit Mark Fackler.
SHERMAN ON NCAA EXPANSION - Dana O'Neil from ESPN.com is talking to college basketball players on how they feel about expanding the tournament to possibly 96 teams in the future. One of the players she talked to was Kent State's Rod Sherman.
"I think the best thing would be to take the team that wins the regular season and the team that wins the conference tournament, if they're two different teams," Kent State guard Rodriquez Sherman said. "That way you're rewarding the teams that have been playing great all year, won 20 games or whatever."
"Everyone is thinking about it -- the players, the coaches, even the faculty," Sherman said. "You go through all of those hard practices, beat each other up, and you lose in the conference tournament. It's like you did all of that for nothing."
"It's still going to be called the NCAA tournament, right?" Sherman said. "That's all that matters to me."