Hilliard Davidson High School's Kyle Payton played a key role in the football program's success during his career.
Payton, a tight end, proved to be a valuable blocker and in the process earned a scholarship with Kent State.
Payton, who chose the Golden Flashes over Western Michigan, said he also received interest Toledo, Ohio University, Northern Illinois, Youngstown State and Notre Dame College in Cleveland.
"Kent State is a good location," Payton said. "I like the campus. I have a couple friends (Davidson 2010 graduate Phil Huff and Reynoldsburg 2010 graduate Roosevelt Nix) who play up there already."
During Payton's high school career, the Wildcats won the Division I state title in 2009 and OCC-Central championship in 2010. Davidson earned the program's fifth regional title in 2010, falling to Huber Heights Wayne 28-14 in a state semifinal.
"Kyle Payton used his physical style of play to gain recognition after his junior season," Davidson coach Brian White said. "He carried that momentum over into the summer, attending several college camps and then into his senior season. Injuries slowed him a bit his senior season, but he was still able to contribute to our team's success from his tight end position. Kent State recognized his efforts, and the potential he has to contribute to their team in the future."
The national signing day is Wednesday, Feb. 2, and Davidson plans on holding a ceremony in the school's gymnasium.