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2005 MAC Football Recruiting - Kent State Flashes


Kent State signed 24 student athletes from nine different states. KSU nabbed nine players from Ohio along with three from Florida & PA, two from Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina and Virginia and one each from Alabama and California. Getting back to their Ohio roots was huge as the Golden Flashes have failed to recruit the Buckeye state well over the past several years. KSU brings in three JUCOs who look to contribute right away, most notably QB Michael Machen, the probable heir apparent to Joshua Cribbs who graduated. Machen signed with Alabama out of high school before playing minor league baseball. He ended up playing football again at Coffeyville CC. The class is made up of ten offensive players, thirteen defensive players and one kicking specialist. Greg Keys from Bellevue, Ohio is the highest overall rated recruit.

Top Player - Greg Keys, RB/ATH

  • 1st Team All-State; District POY
  • Rushed for nearly 2,000 yards as a senior & 19 TDs
  • Rated a top-60 recruit in Ohio; other reported offers from Indiana & Illinois


  • Michael Machen was a JUCO All-American who received only mild interest from major programs this past recruiting campaign. Jon Brown is an undersized QB prospect who through for nearly 8,000 yards in high school with 69 TDs. He ranks as Ohioís 7th all-time passer and at 5-10 180-pounds, he is one of the most accurate passers entering college with a 70% completion rate and two games with tossing 6 TDs.
  • WR Shawn Lewis is not big at 5-8 165 but he has reported 4.3/40 speed and may play a true freshman. Lewis accounted for nearly 2,000 all-purpose yards as a senior and accounted for 28 TDs. His grandfather played at Kent State in the late 1950s.
  • Augustus Parrish was a 1st team all-state selection from Potomac, Maryland and made the Washington Post All-star team. He was recruited by a number of Big East and ACC teams. His older brother Justin currently plays at Kent State and earned all-MAC honors in 2004. Eugene Jarvis is a 4.4/40 speedster who rushed for 2,196 yards and 38 touchdowns as a senior and rushed for more than 4,300 yards in his career.
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Final Thoughts

Itís good to see Kent State go after and get some quality players from Ohio again, something that has been missing from this program over the past several years. Without a doubt this is one of KSUís best classes in many years. Players like James Brown, Shawn Lewis, Greg Keys, Michael Machen, Reid Macko, Augustus Parrish, Lester Troutman and Mark Woodson could play right away. Coach Doug Martin has this team believing they can not only compete but actually win a MAC championship. This is the type of class that lays down that foundation and even though it rates as GOOD compared to other MAC programs this year. There are some solid players in this class who will contribute and make a positive impact to this program.

Name		Pos.	Ht.	Wt.	Previous School
James Brown 	S 	5-11 	170	Merced, Calif./Herced (Fresno City College [Cal.])
Jon Brown 	QB 	5-10 	180 	Westlake, Ohio/Westlake
Dante Campbell 	OL 	6-2 	275	Warren, Ohio/Warren Harding
Sam Frist 	DL 	6-4 	250	Southern Pines, N.C./Richmond Senior (Hargrave Military Academy [Va.])
Greg Keys 	RB 	6-1 	205	Sandusky, Ohio/Bellevue
Jameson Konz 	S 	6-3 	210	Uniontown, Ohio/Lake
Shawn Lewis 	WR 	5-8 	165	Johnstown, Pa./Bishop McCort
Coleman Lynn 	WR 	5-9 	160	Hapeville, Ga./Tri-Cities
Michael Machen 	QB 	6-6 	240	Mobile, Ala./McGill-Toolen Catholic (Coffeyville C.C. [Kan.])
Reid Macko 	K 	5-10 	165	Brandon, Fla./Armwood
Anthony Magazu 	QB 	6-4 	190	Matthews, N.C./Providence
Derek McBryde 	DB 	6-0 	190	Cleveland, Ohio/Glenville
Stevon Moss 	LB 	6-0 	210 	Hampton, Va./Phoebus
Derico Murray 	S 	6-0 	185	Cincinnati, Ohio/Archbishop Moeller
Augustus Parrish DL 	6-5 	290	Temple Hills, Md./Potomac
Anthony Pastore QB 	6-2 	200	Woodstock, Ga./Sequoyah
Dennis Pittman 	S 	5-9 	190	Atlanta, Ga./Brookwood (Pasadena City College [Cal.])
Danny Sadler 	DB 	5-10 	180	Maple Heights, Ohio/Maple Heights
Edner Safaite 	S 	5-11 	175	Naples, Fla./Lely
Lester Troutman DL 	6-4 	215 	Dayton, Ohio/Chaminade-Julienne
Allen Whitaker 	LB 	6-3 	215 	Forestville, Md./Forestville
Jarvis Williams LB 	6-3 	195	Stafford, Va./North Stafford
Mark Woodson 	WR 	5-11 	175 	Shaker Heights, Ohio/Shaker Heights
Euguene Jarvis	RB	5-6	160	Pittsburgh, PA, Central Catholic	

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