I haven't done much on recruiting lately, so here are some nuggets to satisfy your hunger.
Three recruits are close to committing to Akron...
- Cody Pitts is a 6-foot-3 tight end from Hubbard, Ohio. He told Rivals.com that he has three schools after him: Akron, Toledo and Bowling Green. Of those three, he favors the Zips. However, Michigan State is his favorite. If the Spartans show interest, that seems to be the direction he wants to go. Rivals does not rank Pitts. Scout.com does not list Pitts at all.
- Aaron Williams is a 6-0 linebacker from Pittsburgh. Like Pitts, it will be a MAC decision for Williams. He likes Toledo's coaches but he thinks he can play sooner at Akron because linebackers will graduate before he gets there. Rivals does not rank Williams. Scout.com gives him two stars.
- Rontez Miles is a 6-2 safety from Pittsburgh. He has offers from Akron, Kent State, Temple, Pittsburgh and Colorado. Miles says he wants to go to either Akron or Pittsburgh. He said he wants to play somewhere with his brother, Vondre Griffin, whom Akron also has offered a scholarship.
Here is an updated list of the three-star players who have interest in Akron...
- Frank Edmonds, running back from Lakewood. Despite being only 5-6 (yes, five-foot-six), Edmonds is the fourth-best running back in Ohio. He has interest from a lot of Big 10 schools, but said his Akron and Ball State have gone beyond anyone else in recruiting him. Akron seems to have a pretty good shot at Edmonds.
- B.J. Cunningham, wide receiver from Westerville. Miami (Ohio) and Cincinnati lead a list of mainly MAC schools. Akron's chances seem slim.
- Derek Moye, wide receiver from Rochester, Pa. Pitt, Penn State and Boston College are his top choices.
- Mike Dykes, offensive guard from Pittsburgh. He's almost certainly headed to North Carolina.
- Mark Spinney, offensive guard from Nashua, N.H. A lot of Big East teams have offered Spinney a scholarship, but Akron is the best team so far. Spinney is 6-4, 265 and appears to be a load of muscle.
- Anthony Mihota, defensive tackle from Fredericksburg, Va. He has high interest in Maryland and Akron has not yet offered a scholarship. Doesn't look good.
- Jordan Mabin, cornerback from Macedonia. Mabin looks like he's headed to Pitt.
- Chris Rucker, cornerback from Warren. Miami (0hio), Indiana and Cincinnati are the favorites.
- David Arnold, safety from Copley. Indiana, Illinois and Syracuse are the leaders. If Ohio State offers Arnold a scholarship, that will all change.
- Kahlil Permenter, safety from Waldorf, Md. He has offers from Akron, Temple and Boston College. He is the No. 10 prospect from Maryland. Vincent Hill, who already committed to Akron, is No. 11.
Also, if you haven't seen the debate on ZipsNation.org, here is Terry Pluto's column about Akron's schedule. He calls it a disaster. I think that's a little too strong, but so is the Zips schedule strength. Pluto is right that Akron needs to build a good record early to draw fans.
I wrote this on ZipsNation; I'll repeat it here. I've been in Indianapolis all summer as a sports writing intern for the Indianapolis Star. When I tell people where I'm from, they say one of two things. Either it's, "Oh yeah! The Zips!" Or, "You're lucky to have Terry Pluto."
My point? Pluto is one of the nation's best. Don't take him for granted.
Tom Reed is highly regarded as well. If you want to whine about columnists, look at the Plain Dealer. I really don't care for any of theirs.
- By the way, Dwight Smith signed with the Vikings. The Saints cut him last week. He will get $6.5 million over three years.
Zips outfielder Rashard Graves is hitting well in a wood-bat league in Nashville.
Playing for the River Rats, Graves is hitting .300 with five RBIs and 11 walks in 40 at-bats.
Add him to the list of Zips, such as Tom Farmer, Kurt Davidson and Charlie Lenhard, who are playing well this summer.
Graves said he decided to play in Tennessee rather than Indiana, because the former has more talent. Graves hit .250 last season in 33 games for the Zips.