His letter wasn't returned until the afternoon because his parents forgot to sign their paperwork before leaving for work and he had to wait for them to return home. I'm sure that little glitch had some coaches sweating in Institute.
Brett McLean, a former Brooke High School quarterback who just completed his 11th season as head coach at St. Clairsville, said State got a steal.
"State is going to be happy with what they got," McLean said. "He had multiple offers, but State is the biggest package he got and they made a huge impression on him."
Kinnick didn't get any big offers because of his "stature," McLean said.
"There's a prototype as far as size and stature and I'm not making any comparisons to the NFL, but (5-11, 206-pounds) Russell Wilson is blowing up the NFL.
"Matt pondered walking on at a couple of big schools to take a shot at it. I actually encouraged that early on. I think the kid's going to wow some people. Obviously, there will be some transition."
Anderson said every player on his team will get a chance to start - including Kinnick. Also, every player has to be weary of his spot from week to week.
In two months, Anderson and his staff recruited and signed more than 30 players - it was 32 at the end of the day Wednesday and will likely go up.
For Kinnick's part, his high school coach said that Anderson and his staff - offensive coordinator Scott Courter was the primary recruiter of Kinnick - impressed his quarterback.
"That's a down to earth group of coaches and that's the kind of kid Matt is," McLean said. "I know the coaches are real excited about the new president, that he's making a commitment to athletics, putting some money into it and making some changes."
The State coaching staff is made up of full-time assistants, and although it seems obvious the Yellow Jackets have moved past the 13 or so scholarships they h ad in recent years, I'm not sure of the specific number.
No matter what it is, they seemed to be doing the right things with it - at least on paper.