October 17, 2011

Crum having big senior year

One of the gems so far in Kent State's 2011 recruiting class is Minerva (Ohio) tight end prospect Kyle Crum. The 6-foot-5, 210-pound prospect is having an outstanding senior season for Minerva and has helped lead his team to an undefeated record with just two weeks remaining in the regular season.

"It's pretty sweet being 8-0," said Crum. "We're from a pretty small town so we're just doing good and making the community proud."

Crum's size and athleticism has caused match-up nightmares for opponents as he has put up some impressive numbers to this point.

"I'm around 30 catches for like 580 yards so far," he said. "I have seven touchdowns. I started off a little slow at the beginning of the year but I started stepping it up. I've made some big plays in some big games so I'm doing pretty good."

Crum's versatility is something that caught the eye of the Kent State coaches early on in the process. Crum can play with a hand on the ground, but can also split out wide to get favorable match-ups in the passing game.

"Depending on the team we play, I'll play either be a tight end or I'll be flexed out wide," he explained. "Kent State also flexes out the tight end sometimes so it should be good up there."

Crum committed to Kent State over the summer, choosing the Flashes over a BCS-level program in Louisville. Crum was also receiving interest from a handful of other BCS conference schools but decided that staying close to home was the most important thing.

"To be honest, I thought I wanted to go far away at the beginning," he said. "The more I thought about it, the more I wanted to be near my family and be able to see them after every single game. I like the coaching staff at Kent State and they really like me. They showed me a lot of respect and it just feels like the right place."

With the playoffs a virtual lock at this point, Crum says that execution will be the major key to how far this team can advance in the postseason.

"We need to come to practice every day and be prepared and know what we're doing," he said. "When the game comes around we just need to perform and make big plays."

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