It would have been a travesty to see another talented local player go elsewhere, especially considering Will Fleming's father, Jim, is the Zips' defensive coordinator.
But Rivals.com is reporting that the younger Fleming, a safety from Hoban with offers from Hawaii and Akron, is close to committing to the latter. If he waited, Illinois, Michigan State and Wake Forest could have offered a scholarship, too.
On the other hand, Rivals is saying Whitney Mercilus, the touted defensive end from Garfield High School, is probably headed for Illinois.
Buchtel cornerback Johnny Adams still could be coming to Akron, despite offers from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan State, Purdue, Syracuse and West Virginia. He plans to narrow his list soon, though.