Rivals.com shows several players from throughout the country verbally committing to Akron.
I can confirm that sophomore defensive back Donte Cloud has left the Zips due to academic problems. It was posted as hearsay on ZipsNation.org, 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. Rivals.com ranks it No. 67 in the country and tops in the MAC.
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 TheCollegeInsider.com'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.