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Eighteen new scholarship offers

By mrasor Published: May 25, 2009

Football
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.

    The list...
    Brandon Felder, running back, Monroeville, Pa. Offers: Akron, Boston College, Connecticut, Pitt, Buffalo and Toledo Height: 5-foot-11 Weight: 163 Speed: 4.5 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.
    Shane Johnson, offensive guard, Hyattsville, Md. Offers: Akron, Boston College, Duke, Maryland, New Mexico, Pitt, Rutgers, South Carolina, Stanford, Syracuse, Vanderbilt and Wake Forest Height: 6-5 Weight: 301 Speed: Not listed Notes: Johnson is looking for a school with high graduation rates and good chemistry. Rivals.com gives him three stars.
    Joshua Alaeze, inside linebacker, Parkville, Md. Offers: Akron, New Mexico and Rhode Island Height: 6-1 Weight: 229 Speed: 4.88 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.
    Ishmael Thomas, outside linebacker, Detroit Offers: Akron, Colorado, Iowa, Ball State, Buffalo and Central Michigan Height: 6-4 Weight: 200 Speed: 4.62 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.
    Kevin Johnson, cornerback, Clarksville, Md. Offers: Akron, Minnesota, Syracuse, West Virginia and Wisconsin Height: 6-1 Weight: 160 Speed: 4.49 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).
    Devonta Tabannah, cornerback, Oxon Hill, Md. Offers: Akron Height: 5-11 Weight: 170 Speed: 4.41 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.
    Malcolm Griggs, safety, Piscataway, N.J. Offers: Akron Height: 6-2 Weight: 183 Speed: 4.58 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.
    Latwan Anderson, 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 Height: 5-11 Weight: 185 Speed: 4.4 Notes: Rivals.com gives Anderson four stars and calls him the nation's No. 6 safety. He made 50 tackles and five interceptions as a junior.
    Jibreel Black, 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 Height: 6-2 Weight: 260 Speed: 4.8 Notes: Rivals.com gives Black three stars. Black has narrowed his list to six, and Akron didn't make the cut.
    Teven Eatmon, tight end, Bucyrus, Ohio Offers: Akron Height: 6-7 Weight: 280 Speed: 5.0 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, Anthony Ritossa.
    Andre Givens, running back, Hubbard, Ohio Offers: Akron, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Bowling Green, Toledo, Buffalo, Wisconsin, Pitt, Louisville, Maryland and Michigan State Height: 5-10 Weight: 180 Speed: 4.46 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.
    Brad Harrah, tight end, Marion, Ohio Offers: Akron, Iowa State, Indiana, Toledo and Ball State Height: 6-7 Weight: 240 Speed: 4.7 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.
    Marcus Penn, athlete, Columbus Offers: Akron, Bowling Green and Toledo Height: 6-1 Weight: 195 Speed: 4.5 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.
    Micah Robinson, defensive end, Cleveland (John Adams H.S.) Offers: Akron, Pitt, Louisville and Kansas Height: 6-4 Weight: 240 Speed: 4.8 Notes: Robinson made 19 sacks as a junior. ScoutingOhio.com calls him the No. 86 recruit in the state.
    Matthew Rotheram, 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 Height: 6-6 Weight: 290 Speed: 5.8 Notes: Rivals.com 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.
    Dan Schneider, 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 Height: 6-5 Weight: 240 Speed: 4.68 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 Jason Witten.
    Skyler Schofner, 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 Height: 6-7 Weight: 285 Speed: 5.0 Notes: Rivals.com gives Schofner three stars and calls him the No. 32 tackle in the nation. He earned second-team all-state honors last season.
    Jamel Turner, outside linebacker, Youngstown COMMITTED TO OHIO STATE Offers: Akron, Ohio State, Michigan, Illinois, Nebraska, Stanford, Wisconsin and Notre Dame Height: 6-3 Weight: 220 Speed: 4.6 Notes: Rivals.com calls Turner the No. 2 weakside defensive end in the nation. ScoutingOhio.com ranks him as Ohio's No. 4 prospect.

Click here for the cumulative list, which stands at 69 offers.
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