It seems like I just got done reporting on the recruiting craze of 2006. Well, here are some nuggets of what might be coming next winter...
- Akron has offered Valley, Pa., receiver Toney Clemons a scholarship, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette says. Ohio State and Michigan are also on his list, Rivals.com says. Clemons is 6-foot-2 and runs the 40-yard dash in 4.5 seconds.
- The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review says coach J.D. Brookhart also has made an offer to receiver Tim Cortazzo, who runs a 4.39 in the 40, but is only 6-feet tall. Rivals.com says Cortazzo has interest in many schools in the region.
- The Tribune-Review also mentions quarterback Cody Catalina and offensive lineman Donny Barclay as Akron scholarship offers. Catalina, who is 6-4 and 205 pounds, has interest in many BCS schools. So does Barclay, who is 6-4 and 283.
- According to the Beaver County Times, Akron has also offered Derek Moye, an athlete from Rochester, Pa. Judging by his schools-of-interest list on Rivals.com, Moye wants to go to a BCS school.
- The Zips are also interested in Moye's teammate, Ryan Zarnich, a 6-4, 220-pound tight end. He also has interest in Pittsburgh and West Virginia, Rivals.com says.
- Those three schools are looking at Tariq Taylor from Aliquippa, Pa. Taylor is a 6-3 linebacker.
- Lastly, (but certainly not least) is Zac Kasparek, brother of Zips tight end Kris. Many BCS schools would love to sign the younger Kasparek, who is a 6-5, 295-pound lineman from New Brighton, Pa. (Kris, if you are reading this, please do some serious campaigning to get your brother in Blue and Gold.)
Canton Hoover girls' basketball coach Paul Wackerly could latch on as an assistant with Jodi Kest, the Canton Repository says.
One stumbling block: Wackerly doesn't have a bachelor's degree.