By Joe Scalzo
When Poland quarterback Colin Reardon verbally committed to Miami (Ohio) last summer, he was confident he made a good decision.
Six months later, he feels like he made a better one.
Reardon, a first team all-district selection who led the Bulldogs to the playoffs all three seasons as a varsity starter, recently changed his commitment from the RedHawks to Kent State.
“I really feel like I made the 100 percent right choice,” Reardon said. “I still love Miami — it wasn’t a bad choice — but Kent had a little more to offer me.”
Kent stayed in touch with Reardon throughout last season — “It was never about football, just more like, ‘Hey, how’s the family? How’s school? How’s the season?’” he said — and a week before he was going to take his official visit to Miami in early January, he decided to visit Kent.
“I really enjoyed it,” said Reardon, who also had a scholarship offer from Youngstown State. “Throughout the week, I just kept thinking, ‘Kent is the place for me.’ I love the coaching staff; they’re the nicest guys I’ve met in my life.”
There were other advantages.
Kent’s starter for all 12 games last year, Keith Spencer, will be a senior this fall.
“I think I’ve got a good chance to be a three- or four-year starter,” Reardon said.
Reardon’s high school teammate, Luke Wollet, will be a junior safety at Kent this fall.
“I always wanted to play with him again,” Reardon said. “We talked about it my sophomore year.”
And with Kent just 45 minutes away — compared to five hours for Miami — it will be easier for his family to attend games.
“My grandma has been to every one of my games, home and away, since I was little,” Reardon said. “All the little things added up.”
A two-year starter on the basketball team, Reardon has been battling shoulder and knee issues this winter but said he is “99 percent sure” he’s going to play baseball in the spring.
“There’s not too much contact in baseball, so I should be OK,” said Reardon, who briefly considered walking on Kent’s baseball team. “Football is 100 percent what I want to do in college but this is pretty much the last time I can play baseball and play with my all friends from high school.”