The New York Times ranks Akron as its No. 93 team in the nation.
The author did a thorough job at researching the team. It's hard to argue with his thesis that the team has big talent and big problems closing games. I dispute the conclusion that one "can't see the team doing better than 6-6."
Here are eight new scholarship offerees...
safety, Suwanee, Ga.
Offers: Akron, Louisiana-Monroe and Middle Tennessee State
Notes: Sims is familiar with the 3-3-5 defense, and Louisiana-Monroe wants to use him as a safety-linebacker hybrid in its new 3-3-5 defense. (If I was a ULM fan, I would be circulating petitions to stop this travesty.) As a junior, Sims made 64 tackles and seven sacks. He forced four fumbles.
offensive line, Ramsey, N.J.
Offers: Akron, Miami (Ohio), Rutgers and Virginia
Speed: Not listed
Notes: Some schools want Sacco to play defensive end. Sacco says he's looking for a school with good team chemistry. He is the third player from Ramsey whom Akron has targeted.
receiver, Alpharetta, Ga.
Offers: Akron, Air Force, Alabama-Birmingham, Indiana. Southern Miss, Central Michigan, East Carolina, Ohio and Troy
Notes: Rivals.com calls Bennett the nation's No. 68 receiver and gives him three stars. As a junior, he caught 22 passes for 533 yards and five touchdowns.
defensive tackle, Washington, D.C.
Offers: Akron, Maryland and New Mexico
Notes: As a junior, he logged 67 tackles, 22 for a loss and seven sacks. Monroe is a huge specimen, but he prides himself on deceptive quickness.
defensive end, Beverly Hills, Mich.
Offers: Akron, Indiana and Bowling Green
Notes: Calero wants to attend a school where he feels comfortable. Schools like his speed, which helped him make 90 tackles as a junior.
outside linebacker, Washington, D.C.
Offers: Akron, Illinois, Kansas State, Louisville, Maryland, Virginia, East Carolina, Kent State and Ohio
Notes: Attaochu might play defensive end in a 4-3 alignment. His preference is Boston College, but the Eagles have not offered a scholarship. Gesundheit!
athlete, Newton, Pa.
Notes: As a junior, Hamilton rushed for 502 yards, passed for 1,725 and made 81 tackles. ACC and Big Ten schools are also interested.
Jeff Knox, Jr.,
athlete, Hyattsville, Md.
Offers: Akron, Maryland, Michigan, New Mexico, Penn State, Pitt and Miami (Ohio)
Notes: Rivals.com gives Knox three stars. His top four schools are Penn State, Michigan, Pitt and Maryland. Akron is also pursuing Knox's high school teammate,
Check out the cumulative
of offers and verbal commitments.
Two Akron athletes,
invitations to the NCAA Outdoor Championships to be held June 10-13 at the University of Arkansas.
Several others will learn this week whether their stats are good enough to merit at-large berths to the national event.