March 8, 2012

Flashes first to offer Cincy DB

Kent State head coach Darrell Hazell handed out a slew of verbal offers last Friday including one to Cincinnati (Ohio) Northwest standout DeQuan Render. The Flashes are the first to offer the 6-foot-1, 175-pound cornerback out of a Northwest program that has churned out some solid prospects recently.

"Coach (Chad) Murphy (head coach at Northwest) came into my classroom and said that he had something that should be more of a motivator for me," explained Render. "He said that Akron and Kent State are interested and then he was like 'Kent State offered this morning'."

With Kent State being relatively far away for an in-state program, Render admitted he didn't know too much about the school but that he will be looking to find out more in the near future.

"I don't really know much about them," he said. "I haven't talked to their coaches. They scheduled me to come up to their camp this summer and I'm sure I'll get more information about them."

The Flashes have beat numerous other programs to the punch on Render but there is still plenty of interest surrounding the tall, athletic corner.

"Kent State, Akron, I went down to Kentucky's junior day and I went down to Louisville's junior day," he said. "(The junior days) went well. They were just showing me and Rasheen Jones around and telling us like how we fit into their defensive schemes."

Growing up, Render said he followed two programs closely and commented about what he likes about each school.

"The Miami Hurricanes, that's my favorite team in the South," he explained. "Up here, I like Louisville a lot. The reason I like the Miami Hurricanes is that I like the swagger that they bring. My friend Preston Brown goes to Louisville and I have a lot of connections with their coaches there. Also Preston's dad coaches me in high school. Their junior day went well, I like their facilities and I like their coaches and stuff."

For now, Render does not have any other junior day visits planned but he anticipates he will get out to see some more schools by the end of the spring.

"Coach Murphy told me there are going to be more junior days coming up," he said. "We're going to Ohio State's camp but I'm sure there will be more (junior days). Ohio University sent me an e-mail that they want to see me and Rasheen up there at camp."

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