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Four new recruiting targets

By mrasor Published: April 17, 2009

Football
With the spring season concluded, coaches are back on the road recruiting for the class of 2010.

    Here is a list of recent scholarship offerees...
    Tyler Smith, quarterback, Easton, Pa. Offers: Akron, Connecticut, Iowa, Maryland, Pittsburgh, Rutgers and Syracuse Height: 6-foot-4 Weight: 195 Speed: 4.75 Notes: Other teams of interest include Florida State, Penn State, Virginia and Illinois. Former Akron assistant coach Jim Pry is talking to Smith for Illinois, but the Illini have not made an offer. In an interview with Scout.com, Smith talked about being impressed by a few of the schools that have offered him scholarships. He did not mention Akron. Scout also calls Smith the No. 2 quarterback prospect in Pennsylvania.
    Eric Franklin, offensive tackle, Youngstown (Cardinal Mooney H.S.) Offers: Akron and Toledo Height: 6-5 Weight: 299 Speed: 5.69 Notes: It's hard to be too slow for the offensive line, but Franklin is pushing it. He also has interest in Pitt.
    Jimmy Hall, wide receiver, Sylvania, Ohio Offers: Akron, Kansas, Maryland, Bowling Green and Toledo Height: 6-1 Weight: 185 Speed: Not listed Notes: As a junior, he led his team to the Division II state title with 963 receiving yards on 47 receptions.
    Dakota Royer, defensive end, Manheim, Pa. Offers: Akron, Colorado, Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Purdue, Rutgers, Stanford, Syracuse, Temple, UCLA, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin Height: 6-3 Weight: 222 Speed: 4.66 Notes: Royer is a four-star prospect, according to Rivals.com. He is making campus visits to Notre Dame, Michigan State and Illinois in the coming week. Normally, I would say that Akron does not have a chance. And it's probably true here, too. I am wondering, however, why Akron showed up on Royer's list of offers so late in the process.

Click here for an up-to-date list of all of Akron's targets.
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