Below are 18 scholarship offerees.
Many of these players are the best of the best. You might be thinking, Akron has no chance. That is true, at least during this part of their careers. As we have seen with DeVoe Torrence, Dale Martin and David Harvey (to name a few), committing to the big boys doesn't always work. Every year, a couple players boomerang back to recruiters they initially shunned.
Much of this information comes from ScoutingOhio.com, which is the best source for Ohio prospects and their highlight videos.
running back, Monroeville, Pa.
Offers: Akron, Boston College, Connecticut, Pitt, Buffalo and Toledo
Notes: Some teams see Felder as a cornerback instead. Felder does not have any favorites yet, but he is looking for a place where he can play early in his career. Rivals.com gives Felder three stars.
offensive guard, Hyattsville, Md.
Offers: Akron, Boston College, Duke, Maryland, New Mexico, Pitt, Rutgers, South Carolina, Stanford, Syracuse, Vanderbilt and Wake Forest
Speed: Not listed
Notes: Johnson is looking for a school with high graduation rates and good chemistry. Rivals.com gives him three stars.
inside linebacker, Parkville, Md.
Offers: Akron, New Mexico and Rhode Island
Notes: This three-star prospect won MVP at the Under Armour combine in the spring. He made 89 tackles and six sacks as a junior. Alaeze hopes to get some offers from bigger schools, such as Pitt.
outside linebacker, Detroit
Offers: Akron, Colorado, Iowa, Ball State, Buffalo and Central Michigan
Notes: Thomas, a three-star player, recorded 74 tackles, 18 tackles for loss and two interceptions as a junior. He plans to decide after his senior season.
cornerback, Clarksville, Md.
Offers: Akron, Minnesota, Syracuse, West Virginia and Wisconsin
Notes: Johnson is looking for a school where he feels comfortable. He is sporting a maniacal smile in the Rivals.com picture (click the above link).
cornerback, Oxon Hill, Md.
Notes: Tabannah logged impressive stats as a running back, receiver, punt returner and cornerback. He earned the defensive back MVP award at the Virginia Nike Camp.
safety, Piscataway, N.J.
Notes: Griggs is saying Pitt and Ohio State are in his top two. In a related story, Harvard and Yale were my top two. Joking aside, Griggs had good numbers as a quarterback, throwing 19 touchdowns and only four interceptions.
receiver, Cleveland (Glenville H.S.)
Offers: Akron, Cincinnat, Michigan State, Iowa, West Virginia, Duke, Michigan, Indiana, Boston College, Maryland, Pitt, Illinois, Kent State, Bowling Green, Kansas, Vanderbilt, California, North Carolina, Tulane, UCLA, Miami (Fla.) and Eastern Michigan
gives Anderson four stars and calls him the nation's No. 6 safety. He made 50 tackles and five interceptions as a junior.
defensive end, Cincinnati
Offers: Akron, Indiana, Ohio, Cincinnati, West Virginia, Kentucky, Minnesota, Michigan State, Ball State, Wisconsin, Michigan, Maryland, N.C. State, Miami (Ohio), Illinois, South Carolina, Purdue, South Florida, Kansas and Wake Forest
Notes: Rivals.com gives Black three stars. Black has narrowed his list to six, and Akron didn't make the cut.
tight end, Bucyrus, Ohio
Notes: Rivals.com does not have a profile for Eatmon, who was honorable mention all-conference as a junior. I wonder if his offer still stands after the Zips locked up one tight end for 2010,
running back, Hubbard, Ohio
Offers: Akron, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Bowling Green, Toledo, Buffalo, Wisconsin, Pitt, Louisville, Maryland and Michigan State
Notes: Givens, a
three-star prospect, is a teammate of another Akron target, safety
Kurtis Drummond. Givens rushed for 1,400 yards and 16 touchdowns as a junior.
tight end, Marion, Ohio
Offers: Akron, Iowa State, Indiana, Toledo and Ball State
Notes: Harrah is a member of National Honor Society and carries a 4.0 GPA. His stock has risen as his highlight videos began to circulate.
Offers: Akron, Bowling Green and Toledo
Notes: OhioVarsity.com calls Penn one of Central Ohio's best-kept secrets. Penn says his strength is at safety, where he tallied 98 tackles and three interceptions in his junior year. ScoutingOhio.com ranks Penn as the No. 74 prospect in Ohio.
defensive end, Cleveland (John Adams H.S.)
Offers: Akron, Pitt, Louisville and Kansas
Notes: Robinson made 19 sacks as a junior. ScoutingOhio.com calls him the No. 86 recruit in the state.
offensive tackle, North Olmstead
Offers: Akron, LSU, Ball State, Toledo, Ohio, Kent State, Michigan State, Vanderbilt, Illinois, Minnesota, Cincinnati, Boston College, Indiana, Pitt, Wisconsin, Miami (Ohio), Colorado State, Kansas, Texas-El Paso, South Carolina, Arizona, Marshall, Syracuse and Purdue
gives Rotheram four stars and calls him the No. 9 offensive guard in the nation. Rotheram listed himself on ScoutingOhio.com as a tackle, but there can't be a single tackle in Division I who is that slow. He told Rivals.com that the offer from LSU surprised him.
tight end, Avon Lake
Offers: Akron, Florida State, Colorado, Syracuse, Cincinnati, Indiana, Pitt, Louisville, Marshall, Ball State, Air Force, Miami (Ohio), Bowling Green, Toledo, Kent State, Buffalo and Ohio
Notes: Schneider carries a 4.48 GPA, and he wants to attend a school with good academics. According to
Rivals.com, Florida State wants to use him in a similar manner to how the Dallas Cowboys use
offensive tackle, Johnstown, Ohio
Offers: Akron, Kentucky, Maryland, Toledo, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, Vanderbilt, N.C. State, Wisconsin, South Carolina, Michigan State, Boston College, Cincinnati, South Florida, Kansas, North Carolina and Purdue
gives Schofner three stars and calls him the No. 32 tackle in the nation. He earned second-team all-state honors last season.
outside linebacker, Youngstown
COMMITTED TO OHIO STATE
Offers: Akron, Ohio State, Michigan, Illinois, Nebraska, Stanford, Wisconsin and Notre Dame
calls Turner the No. 2 weakside defensive end in the nation. ScoutingOhio.com ranks him as Ohio's No. 4 prospect.
for the cumulative list, which stands at 69 offers.