For every "hit" in recruiting season, there are several misses.
Akron offers about five scholarships for every one scholarship it has to give. Here is a rundown of what happened to some of the "misses" of the last five years...
2004 (actual signees:
Bubba Walther and
Tihon Johnson -- Signed with Idaho
Position/location: SF; Columbus (Ohio) and Mt. San Jacinto College (Calif.)
Update: Averaged 5.5 points per game as a senior.
Allan Hanson-- Signed with Akron, attended Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Position/location: PG; Milwaukee, Wisc.
Update: Played 114 games in four seasons. As a senior starter, Hanson averaged 4.7 points, 2.2 assists and 1.2 turnovers.
2005 (actual signees:
Nate Linhart and
Brandon Ewing -- Signed with Wyoming
Position/location: PG, Chicago
Update: As a senior, plays 38 minutes per game,
averaging 18.8 points and 5.2 assists per game.
Tory Robertson -- Signed with Evansville
Position/location: SF; Frankfort, Ky.
Update: He is no longer listed on the Purple Aces
roster. I can't find anything else on him.
Ryan Childress -- Signed with Tennessee
Position/location: C; Cincinnati
Update: Played sparingly his first three seasons. Is now a senior, battling back from knee surgery. Has
played four minutes all year.
2006 (actual signees:
Steve McNees, Darryl Roberts, Chris McKnight and
Jerome Randle -- Signed with California
Position/location: PG; Chicago
Update: As a junior,
averages 17.1 points and 5.1 assists per game, shooting 45 percent on 3-point attempts.
Ryan Sims -- Signed with Bowling Green
Position/location: PG; Ft. Wayne, Ind.
Update: Played sparingly before
asking for his release to transfer this fall.
Rydell Brooks -- Signed with Niagara
Position/location: PG; Akron (Buchtel H.S.)
Update: Transferred to Akron, and then to
Donald Lawson -- Signed with Western Michigan
Position/location: PF; Chicago
Averages 5.3 points and 5.4 rebounds as a junior.
2007 -- (actual signees:
Ronnie Steward, Brett McKnight and
Joe Jakubowski -- Signed with Bowling Green
Position/location: PG; Toledo
Averages 8.1 points and 3.5 assists per game. One of the MAC's best young point guards.
Josh Miller -- Signed with Nebraska
Position/location: PG; Cincinnati
Played as a true freshman and contributed 6.1 points and 3.6 assists per game. Has improved this seasons as a sophomore.
Tristan Thompson -- Signed with North Texas
Position/location: SG; Angleton, Tex.
Update: Averages 11.7 points as a sophomore.
Alex Kellogg -- Signed with Providence
Position/location: PF; Columbus (Ohio)
Update: Plays only 3.8 minutes per game as sophomore.
Hakim McCullar -- Signed with Rhode Island
Position/location: PF; Cincinnati
Update: Played 2.7 minutes as a freshman. Sitting out this season after transferring to Delaware.
2008 (actual signees:
Humpty Hitchens, Alex Sullivan, Brett McClanahan, Nik Cvetinovic and
Aaron Austin -- Signed with Radford
Position/location: PG; Newport, Va.
Update: Has played sparingly in 12 games as a true freshman.
Chris Fouch -- Signed with Drexel
Position/location: SG; New York City
Update: Will redshirt.
Shelvin Mack -- Signed with Butler
Position/location: SG; Lexington, Ky.
Averages 11.7 points, 3.6 assists and 4.1 rebounds as a freshman.
Brian Walsh -- Signed with Xavier
Position/location: SG; Coraopolis, Pa.
Update: Barely played in the first eight games, but not since.
Kellen Thornton -- Signed with Illinois State
Position/location: SF; Country Club Hills, Ill.
Update: Has played 4.7 minutes per game.
Bryant Irwin -- Signed with St. Joseph's
Position/location: SF; Bridgeport, W.V.
Update: Averages 11.6 minutes and 3.2 points per game.
, who was hurt most of last year, but still played.
I think Taylor has a lot of All-Pro football in him. His Hollywood aspirations might cut that off, though.
will stay local.
The Cleveland City Stars
Akron's four-year goalkeeper. The City Stars are considered to have the best fan base in the United Soccer League.