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Akron extends five more scholarship offers

By mrasor Published: May 19, 2009

Football

    Akron offered five more scholarships to high school juniors...
    Brandon Neal, cornerback, West Chester, Ohio Offers: Akron, Buffalo, Bowling Green, Kent State, Ohio and Toledo Height: 5-foot-10 Weight: 175 Speed: 4.41 Notes: Neal is deciding between Kent State and Ohio, according to OhioVarsity.com. The Cincinnati-area prospect has plans, however, to visit other camps where he might accumulate some tempting non-MAC offers.
    Shawn Green, defensive tackle, Loganville, Ga. Offers: Akron, Brigham Young, Duke, Florida State, South Carolina, Georgia Tech, Indiana, Louisville, Maryland, Michigan State, Ole Miss, Oklahoma State, Southern Miss, Tulane, Wisconsin, East Carolina and Toledo Height: 6-2 Weight: 275 Speed: Not listed Notes: Green is looking for a nice campus and playing time early in his career. He will decide on a school sometime during his senior season.
    Bryan Murphy, defensive end, Ramsey, N.J. Offers: Akron, Louisville, Maryland, Pittsburgh, Central Florida and East Carolina Height: 6-2 Weight: 213 Speed: 4.61 Notes: Murphy carries a 3.6 GPA. He recently visited Central Florida and came away impressed. Last season, Murphy made 75 tackles and 12 sacks.
    Darius Gilbert, defensive end, Hamilton, Ohio Offers: Akron, Ohio and Toledo Height: 6-2 Weight: 250 Speed: Not listed Notes: Gilbert tallied nine sacks as a junior. He also has interest in Illinois.
    Mark Lenkiewicz, offensive tackle, Tinley Park, Ill. Offers: Akron, Colorado State, Ball State, Eastern Michigan and Illinois State Height: 6-5 Weight: 250 Speed: Not listed Notes: Zips assistant coach Brian Callahan recently visited Lenkiewicz and told him about the investments Akron is making into its football program. Lenkiewicz plans to visit a couple Big Ten camps before making his decision.
      Other notes...
      Quarterback Tyler Smith committed to Maryland. Click here to see my rundown of Smith and the other 51 athletes to whom Akron has offered a scholarship.
      Two NFL stars from Kent State have been in the news lately. James Harrison of the Steelers made a bonehead comment about not wanting to visit the White House. The theme of his mindless rant is that he only wanted to meet President Obama if Obama wanted to meet the Steelers, regardless of their status as Super Bowl champions. I can't think of a more unlikable player than a cocky linebacker who attended Kent and plays for Pittsburgh. Jack Lambert also fits that description. Their saving grace, if any, is local roots. Harrison is from Coventry High School. Lambert played at Crestwood.
      On the other hand, Joshua Cribbs is skipping Browns minicamp and suggesting he might hold out. When Cribbs signed his long-term deal with the Browns a few years ago, I remember thinking, "What an idiot." It was for six years and the salary was peanuts ($620K). If this was the NBA, the contract would have been fair, given the tradeoff of money for job security. Because the NFL does not have no-cut contracts, Cribbs was in a lose-lose situation. Overperform and you're trapped. Underperform and you're cut. What's the chance that you play six NFL seasons without overperforming or underperforming your contract at least one season? These players should sue their agents for malpractice before making the NFL teams pay for their contractual indiscretions. This dispute is good news for former Zip Bryan Williams, who would love a chance to return kicks for the Brownies.
      Sometime next week, I will preview Akron's third opponent of the season, Indiana. In the meantime, check out ZipsNation.org, where Captain Kangaroo accused me of gratuitous use of the word "taint."
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