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Liveblog -- National Letter of Intent Signing Day

By mrasor Published: February 3, 2010

Keep updating your browser for 12 hours of liveblogging today (taking you through the football news and the Zips basketball game against Northern Illinois)...
10:30 a.m.
Here is the list of commitments from
Austin Bailey RB 6-0 238 4.81 5.4 Hyattsville, MD Mike Bizzarro WR 6-2 175 4.5 5.2 Erie, PA Giorgio Bowers RB 5-9 192 4.59 5.5 Rich Central, IL Nico Caponi LB 6-2 255 4.87 5.3 Sandusky, OH Seth Cunningham DB 6-0 170 4.4 5.4 Lakewood, OH Zach D'Orazio QB 6-1 185 4.52 5.2 Cuyahoga Heights, OH Richard Hall DE 6-3 240 4.8 5.2 Wheeling, WV Christopher Henderson DT 6-4 280 - 5.8 New Berlin, NY Anthony Holmes DB 6-1 185 - 5.5 New Berlin, NY Erick Howard RB 5-10 210 4.5 5.5 North Canton, OH Dylan Potts QB 6-0 190 - 5.2 Hannibal , OH Anthony Ritossa TE 6-5 220 4.9 5.3 Kirtland, OH Anthony Schrock WR 6-3 185 4.6 5.3 Wadsworth, OH Keith Sconiers WR 6-3 175 - 5.6 Oak Lawn, IL Lawrence Smith WR 6-0 190 - 5.3 Painesville, OH Carl Washington DB 5-10 175 4.55 5.3 Columbus, OH
Also this ... Rob Ianello will be on Michael Reghi's radio show at 4:40, rather than 5 p.m. It's on 850 AM.
11:00 a.m.
Here is the press release with final signee list:
AKRON – Living up to his promise when he was announced as The University of Akron’s head football coach last December, Rob Ianello landed 15 players from Ohio and Pennsylvania in his first signing class, which totaled 23.

The breakdown includes 10 from Ohio , five from Pennsylvania , two from Illinois , two from New York and one each from West Virginia , New Jersey , Maryland and Delaware .

The class features six from the Akron-Cleveland area, including two-time Ohio Division I Player of the Year and Parade All-American Erick Howard. The list is bolstered by eight additional players ranked among Ohio ’s top 155 prospects, including Nico Caponi (22nd), Seth Cunningham (30th), Zach D’Orazio (37th), Dylan Potts (110th), Anthony Ritossa (114th), Anthony Schrock (129th), L.T. Smith (133rd) and Carl Washington (152nd). Also, Jamar Williams is rated the 86th-best inside linebacker in the nation and has been invited to play in the annual Big 33 All-Star game.

Additional highlights include Richard Hall, the top-rated prospect in West Virginia ; Giorgio Bowers, the sixth-rated prospect in Illinois ; Mike Bizzarro, the ninth-rated prospect in Pennsylvania ; and Keith Sconiers, the 53rd-rated prospect in Illinois .

UA Head Coach Rob Ianello on his 2010 signing class:
“The last 55 days, since being named head coach, have been a whirlwind. However, as I set out on our recruiting from the beginning, I wanted to sure up the young men who committed to The University of Akron before my arrival and concentrate heavily on the states of Ohio and Pennsylvania . I feel like we certainly have accomplished that with this group. We also want to have a consistent presence on the east coast and getting five signees from the region will help establish solid relationships there.

“My first signing class at The University of Akron will always be a special one. Our staff appreciates the faith these young men, as well as their family and coaches, have in our vision for the Zips football program. I am confident this class will be a strong foundation for the future.”

Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown / Previous School(s)
Austin Bailey FB 6-1 240 West Friendship, Md. / DeMatha Catholic HS
Mike Bizzarro WR 6-1 170 Erie , Pa. / McDowell HS
Micklos Blake * DB 5-11 175 Staten Island, N.Y. / Nassau CC / Curtis HS
Giorgio Bowers RB 5-9 210 Olympian Fields, Ill. / Rich Central HS
Nico Caponi DE 6-2 255 Sandusky , Ohio / Sandusky Perkins HS
Seth Cunningham DB 6-0 185 Medina , Ohio / St. Edward HS
Zach D’Orazio QB 6-2 200 Avon Lake, Ohio / Cuyahoga Heights HS
Richard Hall DE 6-3 240 Wheeling Park, W.Va. / Wheeling Park HS
Anthony Holmes DB 6-1 195 Harrisburg , Pa. / Milford (N.Y.) Academy / Harrisburg HS
Erick Howard RB 5-11 225 North Canton , Ohio / North Canton Hoover HS
El’Rico Jones WR 6-0 190 Hermitage, Pa. / Hickory HS
Micah Lio OL 6-7 290 Butler , Pa. / Knoch HS
Patrick McCloskey * OL 6-4 290 Wilmington , Del. / Nassau (N.Y.) CC / St. Elizabeth HS
ShelDon Miller DB 6-0 195 Monessen, Pa. / Monessen HS
Dylan Potts ATH 6-0 190 Sardis , Ohio / River HS
Anthony Ritossa TE 6-4 220 Kirtland, Ohio / Kirtland HS
Anthony Schrock WR 6-3 200 Wadsworth , Ohio / Wadsworth HS
Keith Sconiers WR 6-3 190 Calumet Park, Ill. / H.L. Richards HS
L.T. Smith ATH 6-1 195 Painesville , Ohio / Riverside HS
Marvin Staten RB 5-10 195 Staten Island , N.Y. / Tottenville HS
Tamir Turpin RB 6-2 215 East Orange , N.J. / East Orange Campus HS
Carl Washington DB 5-10 180 Columbus , Ohio / Eastmoor Academy
Jamar Williams LB 6-1 215 Columbus , Ohio / Westerville South HS
11:15 a.m.
Here are the individual player capsules...
Austin Bailey
6-1, 240, FB
Hyattsville, Md. / DeMatha Catholic HS

Prior to Akron :
Rated the 17th-best fullback in the nation by ESPN/Scouts, Inc. … Named first team 2009 Big School All-State as a defensive lineman … Selected first team All-Washington Catholic Athletic Conference as a defensive lineman … Led the way for three running backs that rushed for over 3,000 yards, two of whom earned All-WCAC honors and a first team all-state pick honors … Selected his team’s defensive MVP, playing defensive end … DeMatha Catholic HS coach: Bill McGregor.

Mike Bizzarro
6-1, 170, WR
Erie, Pa. / McDowell HS

Prior to Akron :
Tabbed ninth-best prospect in Pennsylvania by Tom Lemming’s and CBS College Sports … Earned first team All-WPIAL South honors and was honorable mention All-State by Pennsylvania Football News … As a senior, caught nine passes for 358 yards and five touchdowns … Averaged 39.8 yards per catch … Bob Lichtenfels of says, “Bizzarro is a sleeper, hidden in a run-oriented offense at McDowell High School” … As a junior, caught 15 passes for 291 yards and four touchdowns to earn second team All-WPIAL South recognition … Was a national qualifier in the high jump with a top jump of (6-8) … Qualified for the Pennsylvania state track & field meet in the high jump and was a first team all-region honoree as a high jumper … Also competes in the long jump (21.6.75), 4x100 relay and 100 meter dash … Hails from the same high school as starting right tackle Jake Anderson … McDowell HS coach: Mark Soboleski.

Micklos Blake
5-11, 175, DB
Staten Island, N.Y. / Nassau CC / Curtis HS

Prior to Akron :
At Nassau CC: Named first team All-Northeast Football Conference … Picked off four passes, with one return for a touchdown, and tallied a team-high eight pass breakups … Credited with 22 tackles … Helped school to an 8-2 record … Named team captain along with fellow UA signee Patrick McCloskey … Played receiver his first year at Nassau … Nassau CC coach: Jermaine Miles.
At Curtis HS: As a senior, picked of three passes while catching 28 passes for 517 yards and seven TDs … Led Curtis HS to two PSAL city championship games and won the city title in 2007 as a wide receiver and defensive back … Played in the 2008 New York Governor’s Bowl … Participated in the 2008 Outback Steakhouse Empire Challenge Roster … Also a standout in track, running 6.84 in the 55 meters to qualify for the NYC PSAL City Championship … Curtis HS coach: Peter Gambardella.

Giorgio Bowers
5-9, 210, RB
Olympian Fields, Ill. / Rich Central HS

Prior to Akron :
Nominated to play in the 2010 U.S. Army All-American Bowl … Tabbed sixth-best prospect in Illinois by Tom Lemming’s and CBS College Sports … Rated the #27 prospect in Illinois by … Was a three-time all-conference selection and two-time all-area pick … As a senior, had 170 carries for 1,171 yards and 11 scores … As a junior, rushed for 1,054 yards on 104 carries with 15 touchdowns ... Tom Lemming says of Bowers, “On film this powerhouse has proven to be one of the more dependable backs in the area. He shows great vision, leg power, strong hands, and deceptive speed” … Rich Central HS coach: Oliver Speller.

Nico Caponi
6-2, 255, DE
Sandusky, Ohio / Sandusky Perkins HS

Prior to Akron :
Named Division III first team All-Ohio … Tabbed 22nd-best prospect in Ohio by Tom Lemming’s and CBS College Sports … Rated the ninth-best inside linebacker in Ohio by … Also tabbed 2009 Sandusky Bay Conference Most Outstanding Performer … Tabbed first team Associated Press All-Northwest District and Northwest District Lineman of the Year after making 76 tackles and five sacks along with eight tackles for loss … Selected on the All-Journal Register Team … As a junior, voted to the AP All-Northwest District second team as a linebacker … In addition to being a defensive lineman, played linebacker, fullback and tight end … Carries a 3.89 GPA … Sandusky Perkins HS coach: Gary Quisno.

Seth Cunningham
6-0, 185, DB
Medina, Ohio / St. Edward HS

Prior to Akron :
Tabbed 30th-best prospect in Ohio by Tom Lemming’s and CBS College Sports … Ranked #3 corner in the state of Ohio by and rated him and his St. Edward teammate the top-ranked DB combo in the state … Tallied six interceptions in his career and was honorable mention All-State as a senior … Ranked #104 player in Ohio by Ohio Magazine Top 150 … As a junior had 22 tackles, three INT and two PBUs ... As a sophomore, had 37 tackles, three INTs, three PBU's one forced fumble and a fumble recovery ... Earned all-district honors both years … One of the fastest prospects in the state of Ohio ... Was the 2009 Division I Indoor champion in the 200 meters (21.89) ... Set the St. Edwards records in the 100 meters (10.59) and the 200 meters (21.42) and was his region’s champion in the events as a junior … Qualified for the 2009 state meet, but was unable to run in the finals due to injury … St. Edward HS coach: Rick Finotti.

Zach D’Orazio
6-2, 200, QB
Avon Lake, Ohio / Cuyahoga Heights HS

Prior to Akron :
Named first team All-Ohio in Division V at quarterback as a senior and first team All-Ohio as a defensive back in 2008 … Earned All-Ohio special mention honors as a sophomore … Tabbed 37th-best prospect in Ohio by Tom Lemming’s and CBS College Sports … Rated the eighth-best pro-style quarterback in Ohio by … As a senior, completed 67 passes for 1,175 yards with 14 touchdowns and five picks while rushing for 1,346 on 124 attempts (10.9 avg.) with 10 scores … Added 74 tackles and five interceptions on defense … Named first team all-conference at both QB and DB as a senior, while earning Chargrin Valley Metro Division Conference Offensive MVP as a junior and senior … A three-time first team all-district honoree (twice as DB and once as punter) and voted District Defensive MVP as a junior and senior … As a kicker in 2009, made 35-of-37 PATs and 2-of-4 field goals … Ranked #107 player in Ohio by Ohio Magazine Top 150 … As a junior, completed 67 passes for 1,250 yards with 16 TDs and five INTs while rushing for 771 yards on 73 attempts (10.6 avg.) with 10 rushing TDs … On defense, tallied 79 tackles with two interceptions … Added first team all-district honors as a sophomore as a punter … Threw for 836 yards on 44 completions as a sophomore and rushed for 344 yards … On defense in 2007, had three interceptions with 67 tackles … Is a finalist for the ESPN Cleveland 850 WKNR Student-Athlete of the Year Award, carrying a 3.5 GPA and is a National Honor Society member … Was a conference champion the 100-, 200- and 400-meter sprints … Cuyahoga Heights HS coach: Al Martin and his father, Daniel, is defensive coordinator.

Richard Hall
6-3, 240, DE
Wheeling Park, W.Va. / Wheeling Park HS

Prior to Akron :
Rated the top prospect in West Virginia by and number two prospect in the state by Tom Lemming’s and CBS College Sports … Two-time first team AAA All-State selection … Also a two-time All-Ohio Valley Athletic Conference pick … At linebacker, he posted an average of 14.1 tackles per game (127 total) and recorded 10 sacks in nine games … Scored five touchdowns from his fullback position … Was a named to the 2009 WTOV9 Pre-season Big 22 Team … Credited with 125 tackles with nine sacks as a junior while rushing for 478 yards with four touchdowns … Also plays basketball … Wheeling Park HS coach: Chris Daugherty.

Anthony Holmes
6-1, 195, DB
Harrisburg, Pa. / Milford (N.Y.) Academy / Harrisburg HS

Prior to Akron :
At Milford Academy : A three-star recruit by and rated the #42 prep player in the country… Registered 41 tackles, including three sacks, with an interception, four pass breakups, three fumble recoveries and two caused fumbles … Milford Academy coach: William Chaplick.
At Harrisburg HS: Associated Press All-State and voted to the Mid-Penn Commonwealth All-Star team as a senior … Selected to play in the 2009 Big 33 game … Tabbed 35th-best prospect in Pennsylvania by Tom Lemming’s and CBS College Sports … Named honorable mention All-Big School Team … Also a standout quarterback … As a senior, completed 54-of-109 passes for 861 yards with 11 TDs, while rushing for 770 yards on 99 attempts with 10 scores … Led Harrisburg to the 207 Mid-Penn Conference title, as well as the District III, AAAA title … Harrisburg HS coach: George Chaump.

Erick Howard
5-11, 225, RB
North Canton, Ohio / North Canton Hoover HS

Prior to Akron :
Parade All-American … Two-time Associated Press Division I Offensive Player of the Year and first team All-Ohio … (Is just the second player in Ohio history to win the award twice, joining Euclid’s Robert Smith, who went on to Ohio State and then the NFL) … Ranked the #24 in Ohio by and #25 by Ohio Magazine Top 150 … Rated the third-best running back in Ohio by … Tabbed 68th-best prospect in Ohio by Tom Lemming’s and CBS College Sports … The Canton Repository's Stark County Player of the Decade and member of the publication’s All-Decade football team … Was the first player from Stark County to win Ohio Mr. Football honors … Ran for 2,056 yards in 11 games as a senior and scored 27 touchdowns ... A three-time All-Federal League selection … Is Stark County’s all-time leading rusher with 6,013 yards, and he set county records for career points (478) and career touchdowns (79) … On defense, he started at linebacker and led the Vikings with 112 tackles, five for loss, four sacks and an interception … Tallied 208 stops at linebacker over his final two seasons … As a junior, carried the ball 285 times for 1,795 yards and scored 25 touchdowns in the regular season, while piling up 2,322 all-purpose yards and 28 total touchdowns … North Canton Hoover HS coach: Don Hertler, Jr.

El’Rico Jones
6-0, 190, WR
Hermitage, Pa. / Hickory HS

Prior to Akron :
A three-time all-region selection, including first team honors as a sophomore … Named Old Spice Red Zone Player of the Year for Pennsylvania … Caught 35 passes with nine touchdowns as a junior … Also plays for the Hickory basketball team … Hickory HS coach: Frank Antuono.

Micah Lio
6-7, 290, OL
Butler, Pa. / Knoch HS

Prior to Akron :
Second team All-Greater Allegheny Conference … A senior captain and two-year starter … Credited with 15 pancake blocks on offense in 2009 … Also played defensive line, registering 48 tackles as a senior … Recipient of Knoch High School’s Offensive Line Ironman Award … Knoch HS coach: Mike King.

Patrick McCloskey
6-4, 290, OL
Wilmington, Del. / Nassau (N.Y.) CC / St. Elizabeth HS

Prior to Akron : At Nassau CC: … Selected third team Junior College All-American by and 2009 preseason Junior College All-American … Two-time first team All-Northeast Conference … Captain at Nassau along with fellow UA signee Micklos Blake .. Started every game for two seasons at left guard … Paved the way for running backs Nakita Myles and Steve n Miller, each of who rushed for over 500 yards and combined for 10 rushing TDs with an average of over 5.0 yards per carry … Nassau CC coach: Jermaine Miles
At St. Elizabeth HS: First team All-State … Selected to play in the Delaware Blue-Gold All-Star Game … First team all-conference on offense and defense as a senior and second team all-conference as a junior and sophomore at both positions … Named team captain … Also played lacrosse … St. Elizabeth HS coach: Joe Hemphill.

ShelDon Miller 6-0, 195, DB Monessen , Pa. / Monessen HS

Prior to Akron :
Tabbed third team All-State by Pennsylvania Football News as a senior as a defensive back despite playing most of the season at linebacker for the Greyhounds … A versatile athlete, who also played several positions on offense, Miller had more than 50 tackles and was credited with five quarterback sacks his senior season … As a junior, named second team All-State by Pennsylvania Football News as he rushed for 312 yards on 65 carries and scored five touchdowns ... Also caught nine passes for 92 yards and two scores, adding three special teams touchdowns for a total of 10 … Monessen HS coach: Andy Pacak.

Dylan Potts
6-0, 190, Athlete
Sardis, Ohio / River HS

Prior to Akron :
Despite playing in just five games as a senior due to injury, earned third team Division VI All-Ohio … Was first team All-OVAC, All-Times Leader and All-Eastern Ohio District … Ranked #145 player in Ohio by Ohio Magazine Top 150 … Selected to play in the North-South All-Star game … Rated the sixth-best dual-threat quarterback in Ohio by … Tabbed 110th-best prospect in Ohio by Tom Lemming’s and CBS College Sports … Finished 2009 with 1,191 yards (completing 91-of-152) and six touchdowns through the air … Added 50 tackles and two interceptions … Was a named to the 2009 WTOV9 Pre-season Big 22 Team … As a junior, selected special mention All-State, first team All-Eastern Ohio, first team All-OVAC and first team All-PVC … Threw for 1,220 yards with 13 touchdowns and four interceptions … Rushed for 450 yards with 13 scores … Led River HS to a 12-1 record as a junior and 26-8 record as the starting quarterback in his career … Also a standout basketball players, earning all-district, All-PVC and All-OVAC honors, while being his district’s 400 meter champion in track … His father, Matt, played football one year at Akron before transferring to Marietta, where he played three years … His brother, Taylor, plays football at Mount Union … River HS coach: Mike Flannery.

Anthony Ritossa
6-4, 220, TE
Kirtland, Ohio / Kirtland HS

Prior to Akron :
Ranked the #64 player in Ohio by Ohio Magazine Top 150 and #52 tight end prospect in the nation by ESPN/Scouts Inc. … Rated the ninth-best tight end in Ohio by … Tabbed 114th-best prospect in Ohio by Tom Lemming’s and CBS College Sports … First team all-conference, all-district, all-county, All-Greater Cleveland … A two-time special mention Division V All-Ohio selection … As a senior, tallied 23 receptions for 491 yards with 10 touchdowns … On defense, registered 48 tackles, including four sacks, with an interception, six pass breakups, two QB hurries, a caused fumble and a fumble recovery … Led Kirtland to a 12-1 overall (4-0 conference) and to the Division V regional final as a junior … An All-Northeast Lake District selection in basketball … Kirtland HS coach: Tiger Laverde.

Anthony Schrock
6-3, 200, WR
Wadsworth, Ohio / Wadsworth HS

Prior to Akron :
Named Division I third team All-Ohio as a senior, earned OHSAA Academic All-Ohio (thanks to his 3.6 GPA) and selected to play in the North-South All-Star game … Rated the 15th-best wide receiver in Ohio by … Accounted for 1,151 all-purpose yards as a senior … Ranked #87 player in Ohio by Ohio Magazine Top 150 … Tabbed 129th-best prospect in Ohio by Tom Lemming’s and CBS College Sports … Caught at least 30 passes in his final three prep years, including 30 for 607 with seven scores as a sophomore, 33 for 484 with five scores as a junior and 38 for 564 with three scores as senior … Tallied 2,877 all-purpose yards with 21 TDs in his career … Earned first team All-Northeast Ohio Inland District as a senior … A three-time first team All-Suburban League and All-Media County … A second team All-Northeast Ohio Inland District as a junior … Set his school record in the 300 meters (38.77) and qualified for the state meet … Averaged a double-double in basketball (15 points and 10 rebounds) … Comes from a very athletic family … Father, Denny, is the legendary Ohio girls high school basketball coach from Chippewa High School in Doylestown … Older brothers DJ (basketball at Muskingum) and Ben (football at Wooster) played collegiate sports and his older sister Cassie plays basketball at Eastern Michigan and younger sister plays sports at Wadsworth HS … Wadsworth HS coach: Greg Dennison (son of UA Hall of Fame coach Jim Dennison).

Keith Sconiers
6-3, 190, WR
Calumet Park, Ill. / H.L. Richards HS

Prior to Akron :
Tabbed 53rd-best prospect in Illinois by Tom Lemming’s and CBS College Sports … Ranked 92nd nationally and 15th in the state among wide receivers by … A two-time all-area and All-SICA Red Conference pick … Named Chicago Sun-Times All-Area special mention … Caught 40 passes for 700 yards and 11 scores as a senior … Listed on the Area's Top 100 High School Football Players … The Chicago Times’ 2009 preseason issue, listed Sconiers as the player with “star power” in the South Suburban Red Also a dangerous kick returner … Added 31 receptions for 656 yards and seven scores as a junior … Also an all-conference pick in basketball … H.L. Richards HS coach: Tony Sheehan.

L.T. Smith
6-1, 195, Athlete
Painesville, Ohio / Riverside HS

Prior to Akron :
Third Team Division I All-Ohio as a wide receiver … Tabbed 133rd-best prospect in Ohio by Tom Lemming’s and CBS College Sports … Rated the 16th-best wide receiver in Ohio by … First team All-Premier Athletic Conference, All-NE Ohio Lake District, and All-News Herald as a defensive back … Set Riverside HS record with a 99-yard interception return for a touchdown … Caught 41 passes for 672 yards and nine TDs for his career, including 35 for 580 as a senior … On defense, tallied 67 tackles with three interceptions, three forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries … Returned six kicks as a senior with on TD … Added three rushing TDs as a senior and one as a junior … As a junior, was his conference’s 100-meter champ in track … Riverside HS coach: Ryan Wolf.

Marvin Staten
5-10, 195, RB
Staten Island, N.Y. / Tottenville HS

Pronounced (Stay-ten)
Prior to Akron :
Tabbed first team All-City by the New York Post and Daily News … Selected to play in the Outback New York Empire Challenge High School All Star … Named a Staten Island Advance All-Star after leading the Pirates to the PSAL championship game … As a senior, rushed for 1,530 yards and 18 touchdowns … Returned a kickoff for a touchdown, registered 69 tackles and picked off three passes as a senior … As a junior, ran for 1,242 yards and 18 touchdowns, averaging 6.9 yards per carry … Also picked off three passes on defense … Tottenville HS coach: Jim Munson.

Tamir Turpin
6-2, 215, RB
East Orange, N.J. / East Orange Campus HS

Prior to Akron :
Named second team all-county, first team All-Super Essex County Conference and first team all-area … As a junior added second team All-Iron Hills Conference and second team all-area … For his career, rushed for 2,235 yards and 19 touchdowns … Rushed for 1,120 yards and 11 scores as a senior with 895 rushing yards and six TDs as a junior … Helped East Orange Campus HS to a 24-10 record over his three years, winning the 2007 New Jersey Section 1 state title with an 11-1 mark and reaching the New Jersey Section 1 state finals in 2009 … Hails from the same high school as UA wide receiver Nadir Brown … East Orange Campus HS coach: Marion Bell III.

Carl Washington
5-10, 180, DB
Columbus, Ohio / Eastmoor Academy

Prior to Akron :
Rated the 14th-best defensive back in Ohio by … Tabbed 152nd-best prospect in Ohio by Tom Lemming’s and CBS College Sports … Selected first team All-City, is a two-time second team all-district pick … Made 45 tackles as a senior with five interceptions while catching 25 passes for 400 yards and rushing for 850 yards with 15 touchdowns … Rushed for 1,699 yards in his career with 23 scores … Had 92 career tackles with seven picks … Led Eastmoor to a 37-10 record over four years, including a 13-2 mark as a junior and reaching the 2008 state championship … Helped Eastmoor to the city track title in 2009 and is a member of the wrestling team … Eastmoor Academy coach: James Miranda.

Jamar Williams
6-1, 215, LB
Columbus, Ohio / Westerville South HS

Prior to Akron :
Ranks #86 on the ESPN/Scouts, Inc. list of top inside linebackers in the nation … Invited to play in the Ohio-Pennsylvania Big 33 Game … Tabbed second team All-State, while picking up first team all-district and all-league honors … Named Old Spice Red Zone Player of the Year for Ohio … Set Westerville South records with 162 tackles in a season and 293 for a career … Added 10 sacks and 14 tackles for loss as a senior with three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries … Two-year Hit Man Award winner at Westerville South … Scored four touchdowns as a running back in 2009 … Westerville South HS coach: Rocky Pentello.
12:45 p.m.
It's time to size up the rankings... -- Akron is sixth in the MAC, behind Temple, Toledo, Ball State, Bowling Green and Western Michigan. The Zips' class is ranked 90th in the nation. only shows 14 of Akron's 23 commitments, but it does give Erick Howard four stars, making Akron the MAC's only team to pull in a four-star recruit. -- Akron is fourth in the MAC, behind Toledo, Temple and Kent State. only shows 16 of Akron's 23 recruits. The Zips have the nation's 85th best incoming class.
Not bad for a guy who's only been recruiting for 55 days.

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