Matt Dowling(36) - Andrew Lucke(71) - Jensen Harris(19) - Matt Stewart(31)
National Signing Day
It was a "GREAT DAY" for the Long Green Line, as ten(10) seniors decided the college they will be playing for next year. A lot of hard work and dedication went into the preparation for this day and the Mason Football Family, could not be more proud of these seniors:
KENT STATE'S JOSH KLINE SIGNS PRIORITY FREE AGENT CONTRACT WITH NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
Kent State offensive guard Josh Kline signed with the New England Patriots just hours after the 2013 Draft ended as a “priority free agent,” according to a text message received from Kline Saturday night.
Kline, a 6-foot-3, 310-pound lineman from Mason, Ohio, earned Second Team All-Mid-American Conference honors as a senior last season after helping pave the way for a pair of 1,000-yard rushers in Dri Archer and Trayion Durham.
Kline impressed scouts during Kent State’s Pro Day and was considered a possible late-round draft choice, but was not taken. He was a four-year letterman and three-year starter for the Golden Flashes.
Mason Alum, Dalton Gillispie, was awarded the prestigious Scholar-Athlete award from Missouri S&T University which is given to athletes with a Cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher. Gillispie from the linebacker position, this season for the Miner's finished the year with 19 overall tackles, including 11 solo stops...had a season-high five tackles at Lincoln. As Dalton enters his senior season for the Miner's, his roll at linebacker should increase and he is looking to be a BIG contributor on a team that is coming off one of it's most successful seasons at 10-1.
Mason lineman Josh Kline hopes to hear name in NFL Draft
CLEVELAND, Ohio --As usual, the NFL Draft pickings are slim this season out of the Mid-American Conference, but to quote the late Spencer Tracy, "what's there is choice."
The possibility is there for Central Michigan offensive tackle Eric Fisher to be taken first in the draft by the Kansas City Chiefs, and he's projected to be taken no later than fifth overall. Yet another MAC offensive lineman, Kent State's Brian Winters, is projected to be a second- or third-round choice. Both of those players have been heavily discussed.
But there is a third lineman in the mix. Josh Kline from Kent is probably a late-round choice, but almost sure to hear his name called just the same.
"It's been a lot of teams interested," Kline said. "A lot of teams calling me, a lot of teams at the pro day were excited about what I did, so that really helped my stock."
As a senior, the 6-3, 310-pound guard played beside the more celebrated Winters, but drew equal attention paving the way for KSU's two 1,000-yard rushers in Trayion Durham and Dri Archer.
Over his four seasons with the Golden Flashes, Kline played all five positions on the offensive line. He now finds that versatility has drawn the interest of NFL teams.
"I'm pretty familiar with offensive line play, as a whole," Kline said recently from his home in suburban Cincinnati. "So that helps me out a lot. It shows my versatility. A lot of teams seem to be looking at me to be a swingman between center or guard, or to just be a center."
With NFL rosters about half the size of a college roster, players with versatility become major assets. And that holds particularly true for linemen.
"I've had private workouts with the Patriots, the Jets, the Titans and the Colts after pro day," Kline said last week. "I have visited Kansas City a few weeks ago, then I was in Oakland, and this week I worked out for the Bengals. Kansas City was cool, a good experience, and I really enjoyed it."
It wasn't until Kent moved Kline and Winters side by side in the middle of their junior year that Kent's offense really began to take on its ground-plowing personality. Before that, Kline filled in wherever he was needed.
And early in his career, Kline was even in the middle.
"My first snaps in college, my redshirt freshman year, were at center," Kline said. "I was recruited to Kent to play center. But I learned the other positions pretty fast, so they moved me around. I was always the emergency backup at center, and the coaches always told me center was my natural position. So center is primarily what some teams are looking at, or swingman between guard and center."
The only thing left now is to see where Kline, Winters, Fisher and perhaps a few other MAC players are selected in the draft, which begins Thursday. For Winters and Fisher, it's almost a sure thing. For Kline, he will just have to wait and see.
"There have been a lot of projections, but I try not to listen to that because you never know, come draft day," Kline said. "I've heard late rounds, or priority free agent. You never know. We'll see where the cards fall.
"I'm just excited, anxious, waiting for the draft. They like my grit. I'm kind of a throwback player. I just do my job, do all the little things right."
The only question now is if Kline is the right fit for one of the many NFL teams that have checked him out.
The NCAA has made significant D1 academic changes for the class of 2015 and it is very important for these parents and players to understand the new guidelines. The Class of 2015 players should be meeting with their counselors to make sure they are on track for these new academic changes.
Coach reviewed these changes above as well as other information about recruiting on Feb 19, 2013. If you missed the meeting the video series below was from the 2012 meeting for your review, please see the four parts below. Also below are the handouts from the 2013 meeting, click on the links to view these notes.