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Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Kent State interested in Glenville athlete

By Jared Shanker

Building a pipeline to Cleveland Glenville could be key for new Kent State coach Paul Haynes, and the Golden Flashes are interested in making a late run at one Tarblooder.

Chris Overton (Cleveland/Glenville) began hearing from Kent State again over the last few weeks, and there is interest from both sides.

“When Haynes took over Chris moved up,” Overton’s father, Tony, said. “He’s coming in this week [to Glenville] to visit. We’ll see what happens.”

Service academics Air Force and Navy are both interested in the 5-foot-10, 165-pound athlete, and they could get the final visits from Overton. Navy was set to get Overton’s first visit but asked to host him Jan. 25 instead. He visited St. Francis (Pa.) the weekend of Jan. 11 and goes to Robert Morris this coming weekend.

“Navy and Chris agreed for Navy to go last,” Tony said. “They think with what they have to show they’d rather go after, let him see the small schools.”

If Overton likes Navy, he could make a post-signing day visit to Air Force, which would push Overton’s decision past signing day, too. Overton is considering whether he wants to enroll at a service academy, so if he feels OK about it following his Navy trip he might then visit Air Force.

“He likes the coaches and programs and we’re very appreciate of what they do, but he has to see it for himself,” Tony said. “In the end, it’s something that has to be in your heart if you want to do. It’s a bigger commitment than football; it’s a commitment to country and his life.”