Akron is now in the hunt for 17 three-star-or-better players, reports Scout.com.
That compares favorably to other MAC schools...
If you're skeptical of Scout's anaylsis, here is what Rivals.com reports (Sorry, links won't work here.) ...
Looking at that list, the teams that stand out are Temple and Toledo. Temple also has the nation's 15th best cornerback, Daryl Robinson, a four-star athlete who verballed with the Owls. Maybe the move to the MAC has helped.
Temple's 2006 class was very average, with only a couple three-star players. Nine three-star players had interest in Temple last season, Rivals.com says.
Toledo, meanwhile, is clearly struggling. The Rockets don't have a 2007 commitment yet, either.
As far as the Zips are concerned, Scout.com upgraded several of their targets, including ...
Here is a disclaimer on all of this recruiting information: It's not as reliable as everyone would like.
That is no fault of these recruiting Web sites, which have a daunting task. The problem, according to my colleague Jeff Rabjohns at the Indianapolis Star, is that football players are rarely matched against each other. You won't see the top offensive tackle from Maine play against the best defensive end from Texas.
That is different in men's basketball, said Rabjohns, a recruiting expert. Heading into a recruiting season, everyone knows who the top 20 players are and what they can do against top competition. That means there are fewer busts and fewer pleasant surprises than in football.
So maybe, Toledo's coaches are better recruiting analysts than Temple's. If this were basketball, that would be a less likely explanation.