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Recruiting updates

By mrasor Published: June 26, 2007

Football
The Zips offered scholarships to two more players...

    Kyle Roddenberry, defensive end, Crystal River, Fla. Offers: Akron Height: 6-foot-2 Weight: 218 Speed: 4.79 Notes: Roddenberry said Central Florida is recruiting him hardest. He has been a team captain for two years. Likelihood: He wants to stay close to home for college. Also, Roddenberry said he wants to enjoy the city he's in. If that's not a plea for UCF to offer, I don't know what is. If all remains the same, it would be hard for him to turn down Akron's offer. He also has interest in South Florida, Florida Atlantic and some SEC schools.
    Shawn Walker, tight end, Edinboro, Pa. Offers: Akron, West Virginia and Temple Height: 6-4 Weight: 230 Speed: Not listed Notes: Walker's high school runs an offense that does not use much production from the tight end. He still was voted all-district. Walker also plays basketball pretty well, averaging more than 20 points and 10 rebounds. He doesn't have the height to play D-I basketball as a post player, in my opinion. Likelihood: Walker said West Virginia is definitely his top school. The Zips coaches really want a tight end in this class. They have made offers to six of them now.
    Some Zips targets who committed to other teams...
    Running back Erik Smith from Bolingbrook, Ill., chose Wisconsin. His final three were the Badgers, Iowa State and Northern Illinois.
    Offensive tackle Ryan Turnley from Aliquippa, Pa, chose Pitt over 11 other scholarship offers.
    Linebacker Doug Rippy of Columbus verbally committed to Nebraska, but he still plans to take his scheduled visits. That means he's probably not 100 percent certain.
    Safety Manny Williams of Clairton, Pa., chose Pitt over four MAC offers.
    Cornerback Chris Hayden-Martin chose Pitt over some big-time schools, such as Alabama.
    Safety Jermaine Robinson of Pittsburgh chose West Virginia over Akron, Iowa and Toledo.

Men's basketball
Zips target Brian Walsh committed to Xavier recently.
The swingman from Coraopolis, Pa. had several big-time scholarship offers, including from West Virginia and Maryland.
He joins an extraordinary Musketeers recruiting class that includes the nation's No. 7 center and two top-30 point guards.
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