Three seniors from Kent Stateís 2011 team recently signed free agent contracts with NFL teams. Northeast Ohio products Chris Anzevino (Warren) and Ishmaa'ily Kitchen (Youngstown) both signed with the Baltimore Ravens, while wide receiver Sam Kirkland (Chesapeake, Va.) signed with the Washington Redskins.
Anzevino, a 300-pound center, and Kitchen, a 335-pound nose tackle, lined up across from each other at practice for five seasons at Kent State. Now, they'll continue the tradition come summer in Baltimore.
Named to the Rimington Watch List in each of the last two seasons, Anzevino started 48 consecutive games at center from 2008-2011. He was named to the All-MAC Third Team in 2010 and was a team captain in 2011.
Kitchenís presence in the middle played a major role in Kent State ranking first in the MAC in total defense, redzone defense and pass efficiency defense during conference games in 2011. This past season, he was selected to play in the Casino Del Sol All-Star Game.
Kirkland made 113 career catches for the Golden Flashes, which ties him for sixth place among the programís career leaders. Also serving as a kick returner, Kirkland was named to the All-MAC Third Team in 2010 and was a team captain in 2011. At KSU's Pro Day, his 45-inch vertical jump tied the NFL Combine record.