Mike Cruz, a highly recruited tight end and brother of Akron's Jose Cruz, has gone back on his commitment to play at Pitt.
His high school coach says the younger Cruz has concerns of playing in a big city. Also playing a part could be the fact that Florida State offered him a scholarship. Cruz recently visited West Virginia, which is another likely destination.
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wide receiver, Atlanta
told Rivals.com he is very pleased to have Akron's offer. It will make him work harder in the classroom, he said. Watts also runs track and has received interest from many SEC schools.
Likelihood: This sounds like the kind of kid who will feel loyalty to Akron because the Zips were first to offer. More are certain to come, but Akron could fend off the big boys for Watts.
Tyler Sands, offensive tackle, Boyertown, Pa. Offers: Akron, Duke, Nebraska, Vanderbilt, Temple and Navy Height: 6-6 Weight: 290 Notes: Sands came away from a Duke visit impressed. He still intends to drop by a few more schools, including Akron, before making a choice. Likelihood: Going up against BCS schools is a challenge, but it sure helps that offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead and Brookhart have great ties to Pennsylvania, although Boyertown is not close to the staff's hotbed in the western part of the state.
Tyler Urban, defensive end, North Huntington, Pa. Offers: Akron, Miami (Ohio) and Toledo Height: 6-4 Weight: 240 Speed: 4.8 Notes: Urban has three priorities in picking a school: academics (with an engineering program), location (close to home) and size of the program (Big 10 is probably ideal). He told Rivals.com that he hopes to hear from Michigan and he enjoyed his visit to Indiana. Likelihood: Urban would be a great grab for the Zips. At this point, it appears attainable, given Akron's great engineering school.
Quincy Quetant, safety, Orlando Offers: Akron and Buffalo Height: 6-0 Weight: 201 Speed: 4.8 Notes: Quetant might also fit in as a punt returner. Without great speed or size, he must be a pretty good hitter to receive Division-1A offers. Likelihood: To my best recollection, Buffalo never has beaten out Akron on a recruit. On face value, Quetant doesn't look like he'll get any BCS offers.
If there's such thing as a good loss, Akron experienced it Sunday.
The Zips battled back from a nine-run deficit, only to lose to Bowling Green 16-15 with a Falcons game-winning RBI single in the bottom of the ninth.
Akron will play Kent State Tuesday at 6 p.m. for the inaugural Diamond Classic for Kids. Proceeds will go to Akron Children's Hospital. If there's one game you attend this year, make it this one. Not only are the Zips playing their rival at a great baseball venue, but it's for a good cause.
Akron (12-19, 5-5) completed a two-game sweep over Ohio (18-24, 7-7) this weekend.
The Zips really need to finish the season strong and earn a berth in the MAC Tournament. That would be a major accomplishment when you consider the team is young and coach Julie Wright bolted for no good reason after last season.
They will come home next for a matchup with Ohio State on May 2.
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