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New verbal commitments

By mrasor Published: January 23, 2006

Football shows several players from throughout the country verbally committing to Akron.

  • Unranked linebacker Mickey Baker from Dodge City, Kan.

  • Two-star wide receiver Gerald Tate, also from Dodge City, Kan. lists him as the 80th best receiver in the country.

  • Two-star defensive back Delvin Davis from Pembroke Pines, Fla., who also had interest in Illinois. Strangely, says he verballed with Central Michigan.

  • Two-star defensive end Telvin Petit-Frer from North Miami, Fla., who had interest in Miami-FL and Wisconsin.

  • Two-star offensive guard Mike Ward from Washington, D.C.

I can confirm that sophomore defensive back Donte Cloud has left the Zips due to academic problems. It was posted as hearsay on, but it is legit. Cloud was one of coach J.D. Brookhart's most promising recruits from 2004.

Akron also lost three-star offensive guard Jared Dewalt from Lyndhurst. At first, he committed to Toledo. Then he changed his mind to Akron. Now it looks like Dewalt will be a Rocket once again.

Despite losing a few recruits to conference rivals, Akron's class still looks like it will stack up with any team in the MAC. ranks it No. 67 in the country and tops in the MAC.

Men's basketball

The Zips are getting some props this week -- although limited. For perhaps the first time ever, Akron received votes (3) in the AP top 25 poll. The Zips also had one vote in the Coaches Poll.

Akron took over No. 1 in the VanDelaySports MAC power rankings this week. Ohio, Kent State, Miami and Northern Illinois round out the top five.

The Zips also crept up five places on's Mid-Major Top 25 to No. 15. Somehow, Ohio remains at No. 6. Whatever.

The Buchtelite's sports editor Mike Hixenbaugh spoke with Ohio coach Tim O'Shea about tomorrow's game, among other things. Read about it in his blog.

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