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Multiple new scholarship offers

By mrasor Published: May 10, 2009

Starting Wednesday, I will break down one of Akron's 2009 opponents per week. In the meantime, I will keep you abreast of recruiting news. The Zips have offered scholarships to eight more high school juniors.

    Additions to the list...
    Manessah Garner, linebacker, Pittsburgh Offers: Akron, Maryland, Minnesota, Pittsburgh and Toledo Height: 6-2 Weight: 201 Speed: 4.5 Notes: gives Garner three stars and calls him the No. 19 outside linebacker in the nation. After performing at the combine in Baltimore, Garner contacted Scout's Bob Lichtenfels and told him Toledo and Akron were his newest offers. Lichtelfels says Garner might have more upside than any player from Pittsburgh. Some schools also like him as a receiver.
    Edward Thomas, quarterback, Detroit Offers: Akron Height: 6-1 Weight: 188 Speed: 4.6 Notes: Scout calls him a strong-armed playmaker. Last season, he threw for 2,828 yards and 23 touchdowns. He also ran for 389 yards and three touchdowns. His high school coach said it looking like Thomas will attend either Akron, Toledo, Bowling Green or Purdue.
    Kamal Hogan, running back, Montvale, N.J. Offers: Akron, Louisville and Syracuse Height: 5-10 Weight: 200 Speed: Not listed Notes: As a junior, he split carries with a back who signed with Pitt. He still earned all-conference honors with 711 yards and eight touchdowns. gives Hogan three stars. Hogan does not consider Akron to be in his top five choices. No word on whether he drops the "Big Leg" on opponents.
    Dan Foose, offensive tackle, Paramus, N.J. Offers: Akron, Boston College, Louisville, Minnesota, Rutgers, South Florida and Stanford Height: 6-6 Weight: 310 Speed: Not listed Notes: In mid-April, Foose said his top two were Rutgers and Boston College, but said he is open to others. gives Foose three stars.
    Quenton Brown, defensive end, Tucker, Ga. Offers: Akron, Alabama-Birmingham, Miami, Toledo, Central Florida, West Virginia and Western Kentucky Height: 6-3 Weight: 215 Speed: Not listed Notes: Brown's mother told him to choose his school based on 1) where he can stay out of trouble and 2) the quality of education. As far as I know, the Zips and Hurricanes have not seriously competed for a recruit, so this might be interesting.
    Jamaal Tarrent, defensive end, Toledo Offers: Akron Height: 6-3 Weight: 258 Speed: 5.37 Notes: With that 40-yard dash time, I hope J.D. Brookhart has designs to use Tarrent as a tackle or guard, not an end.
    Steele Divitto, outside linebacker, Ramsey, N.J. Offers: Akron and East Carolina Height: 6-2 Weight: 207 Speed: 4.83 Notes: Steele's stock rose earlier this year at the U.S. Army All-American Combine in San Antonio, where he earned all-combine honors. He also has strong interest in Boston College and Rutgers.
    Soloman Tentman, inside linebacker, Cincinnati Offers: Akron, Cincinnati, Purdue and Minnesota COMMITTED TO CINCINNATI Height: 6-2 Weight: 224 Speed: 4.6 Notes: Tentman is's No. 14 inside linebacker in the nation.

Click here to see the cumulative list of scholarship offers and acceptances.
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