March 1, 2012

Basalyga on Kent State's radar

Kent State dipped into one of Central Ohio's most talent loaded programs at Pickerington Central this past recruiting cycle when they signed linebacker/defensive lineman Jake Kincaid. The Flashes are back at Central in the 2013 cycle and are now taking a look at rising senior linebacker Greg Basalyga. The 5-foot-11, 225-pound prospect has been a standout on the Tigers' defense the last two seasons and was up at Kent State on Sunday for their junior day.

"Kent State was cool, I liked it," said Basalyga. "I liked the coaches and everything and I like their philosophy and what they're doing up there. It seems like their coaches have their standards high and I wouldn't be surprised if they are competing for a MAC championship year in and year out. I really liked the coaches up there and I liked the facilities that they had."

Basalyga spent most of his time on campus talking to a pair of Kent State assistant coaches.

"I talked to the linebackers coach, coach (Marcus) Freeman, he was real cool," he explained. "I also talked to coach Brian George. Coach Freeman just said he was glad to see me up there and that he liked my highlight tape and hoped to see me back for camp."

Kent State is one of a handful of programs showing serious interest in Basalyga, with all of the schools giving positive feedback on his junior tape.

"The one that has been talking to me the most has been Harvard," he said. "Kent State has said that they like my highlight tape and they have said some stuff to Jake Kincaid about me but they want to see me get faster and see me at camp. Brown has sent some stuff and they said they like my highlight tape and they want me to come out there for camp. I sent my highlight tape to Northern Illinois and they liked what I saw and they want me to come down for a junior day. Air Force also saw my highlight tape and they said they would come back to the school in April."

As previously mentioned Basalyga is the teammate of Kent State signee Jake Kincaid and says the two are good friends.

"We're real good friends," he explained. "We hang out quite a bit and he's one of my best friends. I'd definitely love to go up there and have the opportunity to play with him for three more years. We both linebackers with the same mentality."

The physical middle linebacker isn't just tough; however, he's also smart. Basalyga is fully qualified with a 3.45 grade-point average and a 23 on his ACT. With that in mind it comes as no surprise that he holds some serious interest in the Ivy League programs that are recruiting him.

"I don't have any favorites," he said. "The Ivy League schools could set me up for life but I don't really have a favorite school, it just depends. I don't have any offers right now so we'll just see what happens down the road."

Basalyga added that he plans to camp at Kent State and Harvard over the summer and possibly Northwestern.

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