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Knoch OL Shinsky commits to Kent St.

| Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, 3:06 p.m.
Jason Bridge | Valley News Dispatch
Knoch's Connor Shinsky (59) blocks against Franklin Regional during their game at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville on Friday, October 4, 2013.
Jason Bridge | Valley News Dispatch
Knoch's Connor Shinsky (59) blocks against Franklin Regional during their game at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville on Friday, October 4, 2013.
Bill Shirley | For The Valley News Dispatch
Knoch's Connor Shinsky at Knoch High School on Friday, Aug. 16, 2013.

Knoch senior Connor Shinsky remained patient as the offers to play Division I football piled up during the fall and early winter.

Shinsky, who took a studious approach to recruiting, wanted to visit several campuses and meet potential teammates and coaches before he gave his word to commit or even put together a list of top choices.

Then a weekend at Kent State gave Shinsky a reason to abruptly end his search.

The 6-foot-5, 250-pound two-way starter for the Knights committed to Kent State Sunday, just 24 hours after completing his official visit to the Kent, Ohio, campus. The Golden Flashes recruited Shinsky to play either offensive guard or offensive tackle.

β€œAt the end of my visit, I didn't want to leave,” Shinsky said. β€œI felt comfortable there, like it was meant to be.”

Shinsky received seven Division I offers during the past year: Kent State, Texas-El Paso, Bucknell, Lafayette, St. Francis, Albany and Stony Brook. Kent State made its offer last spring, shortly after Shinsky had a strong showcase camp there. The offers from Bucknell, Lafayette, Albany and Stony Brook all rolled in during or after the 2013 football season, yet Shinsky was steadfast about his desire to research the schools before he jumped at an opportunity.

In addition to Kent State, Shinsky visited Lafayette and St. Francis.

Bill West is a staff wrtier for Trib Total Media. Reach him at wwest@tribweb.com or via Twitter @BWest_Trib.

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