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Looking ahead to 2010 recruiting

By mrasor Published: February 5, 2009

Believe it or not, Akron has already extended scholarship offers to about 15 high school juniors who will graduate and sign with their colleges in 2010.
The coaches start the process by using two search firms that scope players in their targeted regions. At this early point in the process, they pinpoint players they know will be worth a scholarship.
The downside is that BCS schools know the same thing. For example, none of Akron's early targets from 2009 ended up signing with the team. Patrick Nicely had such talent, but nobody knew it during his junior year, when he threw lollipops to make sure his receivers could catch the ball. (Once he started to show off his cannon arm, the offers came in.)

    Here is part of Akron's early list...
    Darryl Baldwin, defensive end, Solon Offers: Akron, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio State and West Virginia Height: 6-foot-6 Weight: 240 Speed: 4.7 Notes: gives Baldwin four stars. says he's one of Ohio's most recruited players. Baldwin is excited about getting interest from southern schools like LSU, but Ohio State was the first to offer. It sounds like he's heading for the Buckeyes.
    Zac Rosenbauer, linebacker, Lima Offers: Akron and Bowling Green Height: 6-2 Weight: 236 Speed: 4.59 Notes: Several schools from the MAC, Big Ten and Big East are watching Rosenbauer. Akron has the early advantage by being the first school to offer. Size, speed and intelligence are his best attributes. He plans to pick a school late next summer.
    Kain Colter, athlete, Englewood, Colo. Offers: Akron, Air Force and Colorado Height: 6-1 Weight: 185 Speed: 4.6 Notes: You might be wondering why Akron is recruiting a Colorado kid. Well, Colter's high school coach is Mike Brookhart, brother of the Zips' coach. He plays quarterback and cornerback in high school. Colter prides himself on being coachable and having a good arm and quick feet.
    Erick Howard, running back, North Canton (Hoover HS) Offers: Akron, Cincinnati, Colorado and Kent State Height: 5-10 Weight: 210 Speed: 4.5 Notes: Howard won Ohio's Mr. Football award as a junior, rushing for 2,387 yards and 31 touchdowns. He is hoping for an offer from Ohio State. Jim Tressel said the offer will come if Howard improves his grades.
    Taylor Miller, offensive guard, Trenton, Ohio Offers: Akron, Ohio and Western Michigan Height: 6-5 Weight: 295 Speed: Not listed Notes: Miller is hoping for an Ohio State scholarship, too. believes he is one of Ohio's top linemen. He is big, strong and can move his feet.
    Anthony Gibson, defensive end, Trotwood, Ohio Offers: Akron Height: 6-0.5 Weight: 189 Speed: 4.5 Notes: believes that more offers are on the way for Gibson, who has great athleticism and size.


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