2007 Intro: Rob Kent

Raleigh (N.C.) Ravenscroft junior Rob Kent is a prime example of the benefits that national exposure brings. The 6-foot-4, 300-pound offensive lineman participated in the U.S. Army All-American junior combine in January, and boosted his stock with collegiate coaching staffs throughout the nation.

"He's gotten stuff from a variety of schools from around the country," Ravenscroft head coach Ned Gonet said. "He gets letters in here all of the time - from the ACC schools, from the Ivy league, from the service academies. Some of the Big Ten schools are also showing some interest."

Gonet said his star tackle has not received any offers, but that letters and information arrive at his office daily. He believes that the attention is well deserved, as Kent was a dominating force for the private school squad that finished the 2005 season with a 7-4 record. Gonet attributes a good portion of his team's success to his talented lineman.

"When we were playing our best, Rob was doing his thing," Gonet said. "We try to focus on getting behind him a lot."

Kent is a versatile athlete, as he is capable of playing all five line positions. That allows Gonet to move Kent around during games, depending on play calling and defensive fronts. He has also seen time at the tight end spot.

"His strength is the fact that he's got good size and strength and a good explosion off the ball," Gonet said. "He's a good drive blocker. He runs pretty well, so he can get down field and block in the second level fairly well. He's also progressed a lot as a pass blocker. He's got a good set-up, and he has the ability to secure himself. He's pretty effective in pass protection. He's made some great strides here."

Gonet said Kent has not decided on any camp visits this summer, but that his star athlete has already visited Miami and North Carolina, with other visits likely to occur in the upcoming months. Kent may also attend the Scout and Nike combines this spring.

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