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Shimensky headed to KSU for football

By mikeb Published: April 27, 2010

Kent Roosevelt junior Evan Shimensky has accepted a scholarship offer to play football at Kent State University.

Shimensky, a 5-foot-11, 182-pound quarterback, is an honors student at Roosevelt.

"I committed to Kent State because I like the coaching staff they have and I like how the program is going forward," Shimensky said. "I have wanted to play Division I college football ever since I played Pee Wee Football. I have been playing since I was 8 years old. I thought, where better to play Division I college football than in your hometown and in your backyard."

Shimensky completed 113-of-199 passes for 1,517 yards, 19 touchdowns and three interceptions this past season. He led the Rough Riders' spread offense and helped the team to an 8-2 record (5-2 in the Portage Trail Conference Metro Division).

''Evan is all excited,'' Kent Roosevelt coach John Nemec said. ''He will be a three-year starter and he was first-team All-PTC Metro and our most valuable offensive player last year. He is a great leader.''

Shimensky also rushed for 483 yards and six touchdowns on 126 carries.

''Evan is probably one of the hardest-working kids I have ever been around,'' said Nemec, who just finished his 29th year as a head coach and has 35 years of coaching experience. ''He is excited and we are all excited he is going to play at Kent State for coach [Doug] Martin.

''He does everything he can to make himself better and he is a top-flight student with a 3.5 grade-point average. He is a relentless worker. He is like having a coach on the field.''

Nemec said Princeton, Holy Cross, Fordham and Youngstown State also recruited Shimensky.

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