If you look ahead to next winter, you'll see that Akron is competing with the big boys for almost every recruit.
That is a good sign. A very, very good sign. At this point, it's hard to rank the players because they still have another year of high school. However, for these players to have interest in Akron, along with Texas, Ohio State and West Virginia, is really saying something.
Here is the list of players with interest in Akron. Compare that with players for Kent, Miami and Toledo. To me, Akron stands out from the MAC, but draw your own conclusions.
In the meantime, Akron has begun its spring practices. GoZips.com outlines some of the position battles to watch...
- The POSITION: Backup quarterback; MATCHUP: Chris Jaquemain vs. Carlton Jackson; RASOR'S PICK: I haven't a clue. Both players were redshirted last season. Jackson came in highly touted athlete from Florida. Jaquemain was a star at Mentor.
- THE POSITION: Starting running back; MATCHUP: Alex Allen vs. Dennis Kennedy; RASOR'S PICK: The edge has to go to Kennedy, a sophomore who averaged 2.9 yards per game as Brett Biggs' backup in 2005. Some people believe Allen might have more talent. Whoever wins the job will almost certainly share time with the other.
- THE POSITION: No. 2 receiver; MATCHUP: Johnnie Long, Brandon Williams, Jermaine Lindsey; RASOR'S PICK: Long began to get more reps toward the end of last season. He was a solid receiver. It looks like he might get most of the playing time to start the season, but his job security won't be high.
Leave a comment if you have an opinion about who will win these jobs and the other vacant positions as well.