November 6, 2011
Fackler joins brother at Kent State
The Flashes got another big commitment last week, when they landed the verbal pledge of Kenton (Ohio) athlete Brice Fackler. The 6-foot-4, 215-pound athlete is the younger brother of current Kent State defensive lineman Mark Fackler. The younger Fackler became the thirteenth member of Kent State's 2012 recruiting class.
"I chose Kent State because of the coaching staff," said Fackler. "They really care about the players and I know they are really committed to turning the program around and making Kent State one of the better teams in the MAC. I felt like they really wanted me to be a part of the team and that it was the best decision that I could make."
Though the relationship with the coaching staff had a major impact on his decision, getting a little nudge from his older brother didn't hurt things either.
"That obviously helped too because I've always been around the Kent State program for the last few years," he said. "It's been nice knowing how the coaches are and everything like that. He likes it there and he told me it's a great place."
Fackler chose the Flashes over interest from Akron, Bowling Green, and Toledo and is being recruited as an athlete by Kent State.
"I think I'm going to end up at tight end," he said. "I'm still not quite sure, I think there's a possibility that I could end up at outside linebacker but I'm pretty sure it's going to be tight end."
With the Flashes on a two-game winning streak, Fackler has noticed the improvement that is being displayed on the field from his future teammates.
"Their defense is playing really well and I think their offensive is improving too," he said. "They are a few plays away from being in a lot of the games that they've played. I really think that they're turning the corner and I think they're really going to turn it around these next couple of games."
Fackler and his Kenton team are sitting at 11-0 right now after Saturday night's first round playoff win. Kenton is considered among the favorites to win the Division IV state championship in Ohio.
"We need to keep improving every week," he said. "All of the seniors need to bring some leadership and we need to just keep playing our best because we know we're going to run into some good teams."
Kenton is known for its high powered offensive attack, spearheaded by Missouri commit Maty Mauk at quarterback. Fackler has been catching passes from Mauk for years and has greatly enjoyed his time in the spread attack.
"I've been around him my whole life just knowing we're going to run the spread," he said. "Growing up with Maty, it's been great. It's nice because he's the best quarterback that I've ever seen and he always makes you look good out there."
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