Zips coaches often have struggled to pick up the best prospects in the campus's own city.
One prime target this recruiting season should be Whitney Mercilous, a defensive end from Akron Garfield High School.
Lately, BCS teams have beefed up their interest in the 6-foot-3, 225-pound prospect. He now has offers from Akron, Illinois and Kansas. Joining the list soon could be Arkansas, Indiana, Bowling Green, Boston College, Georgia Tech, Maryland, Purdue and West Virginia.
The recruiting sites aren't showing updates for other city prospects whom Akron has offered, Larry Dawson (North HS) and Will Fleming (Hoban).
It may not seem like a big deal to get the local guys when similar talent can be found in Florida or western Pennsylvania, but it should help with fan support and building credibility locally for the Zips. Look what Dru Joyce and Romeo Travis did for the basketball program.