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Recruiting updates

By mrasor Published: May 7, 2007

Here are some notes from perusing's stories on Akron recruits...

    The Zips are recruiting wide receiver Mike Shanahan for both basketball and football. I doubt they would want him to play both. The idea is probably to entice the 6-foot-5 forward by delaying his decision of what sport he'll play. Just sign a letter of intent with Akron, and both options are still open. Shanahan holds a football offer from West Virginia.
    And if Shanahan verbals, so might his football teammate, Tyler Urban, a defensive end with three MAC offers.
    Did you ever want to see a prospect Akron has ZERO chance at landing? Meet wide receiver Cordale Scott from Glenville High School in Cleveland. Scott has offers from five Big Ten schools, including Ohio State. Akron, Bowling Green and Marshall wasted paper in extending an offer.
    It's not looking good for getting running back Isaiah Pead from Columbus either. He ranks his three MAC offers as "low interest."
    It appears Akron is targeting three highly recruited quarterbacks. I'm guessing they would only want to land one, but Domonick Britt, Jacob Charest and Zac Dysert each have an impressive list of offers. I don't necessarily think the Zips are out of the running for any of them.
    I'm not too optimistic about Akron grabbing tight end Mike Cruz, brother of current Zip Jose Cruz. Mike recently told Rivals he committed to Pitt way too early. He had only visited Pitt and Akron. That tells me that Akron is below Pitt, and Pitt probably has little chance now that Cruz has decommitted from Dave Wannstedt. Look for him to wind up at Nebraska or Florida State, two of the schools that make up his impressive offer list.
    Buchtel cornerback John Adams is waiting for the Buckeyes to offer him a scholarship. It would be a shame to see another city school kid with high talent get away from Akron, but it's really not under the Zips coaches' control. It's hard to say no to the scarlet and gray when Jim Tressel shows up at your high school. His current offers are Akron, West Virginia and Syracuse.
    It doesn't look like Jim Fleming's job as defensive coordinator will help much in persuading his son Will Fleming to come to Akron. Will is a defensive back from Hoban, and he says (rightly, I suppose) that he's not going to make a decision based on his father, considering it's too hard to predict where any coach will be in four years. Although Illinois hasn't offered yet, that school stands out so far.
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