Jason Bitsko, a 6-foot-4, 255-pound offensive tackle from Wayne High
School in Huber Heights, Ohio and one of Kent State's newest class of
2011 commitments, feels as though he'll fit right in with his new football
Bitsko officially visited Kent State over the weekend. Spending time with
his host, offensive lineman Kent Cleveland, gave him all the reason
he needed to verbally commit to the Golden Flashes.
"For most of the day Saturday, my host and I just watched football and
talked--I could see myself fitting in perfectly there with how he treated me," Bitsko
said. "I also talked with [offensive line coach] Chris Bache. He went
over the stuff he looks for in a lineman, and I felt like I could fit in really
well with everything."
Head coach Darrell Hazell pitched Bitsko hard on the family atmosphere he
wants to instill in Kent.
"He really welcomed me and my family," Bitsko said. "One
of the first things he said to me was, 'Jason, I want to offer you a
scholarship--no, let me stop myself.' He then turned to my family and
said, 'We want to offer your family a scholarship here. This is a family-based
The new Kent State coaching staff may have some alternative plans for Bitsko,
who played right tackle the past two seasons.
Bache, who was presented to Bitsko as the new offensive line coach, may move
him along the line depending on how his body fills out.
Wide receivers coach Thad Jemison discussed the possible introduction of a
new position to Bitsko, who didn't arrive in Kent until 2:00 a.m. on
Saturday as he had a basketball game Friday night.
Bitsko has never played tight end, but while playing center in high school
he has developed some nice footwork going up for rebounds.
This concept is certainly familiar with Kent State fans.
One of Kent State's greatest athletes in the school's history,
Antonio Gates, never played a down of football in college--rather, he played
basketball--and went on to play in the NFL and is now the second highest paid
tight end in pro football.
Bitsko, who had a couple of Football Championship Subdivision offers, was
most likely one of the first recruits to receive an offer from Hazell. He was
offered on Thursday, visited Saturday and verbally committed on Sunday.
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