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Signing Day preview

By mrasor Published: February 1, 2006


OK. I've got some recruiting scoops...

  • Sorry fans, LeSean McCoy is not coming to Akron. He will choose between Miami and Southern Cal today. Penn State also has a shot. A university source heard about the rumor and said it made for some good conversations. That's about it.

  • Aaris Reed, the 99th best running back in the nation according to, signed today.

  • Jerrell Stoudemire, brother of Phoenix Suns star Amare, has signed. He is a defensive lineman.

  • Still, a senior recruiting source at the university tells me this class is "absolutely outstanding." In fact, "no one else is even close in the MAC," he said. Joe Moorhead is the best recruiter in the league, he added.

  • Northern Illinois lost three of its biggest recruits to Big 10 schools.

  • Two star Sheldon Dennis will sign today. He is a 6-2, 205 running back from Florida. He had interest in Louisville, Auburn, Florida, Florida State and Miami-FL.

  • Coach J.D. Brookhart will name 27 signees today. Recruiting Web sites haven't listed many of them as committed.

  • Out of the 27 recruits, wide receiver transfer David Harvey is "out of this world" and the biggest name from this class. Center Mark Jackson, kicker Igor Iveljic and running back Andre Boone are the other headliners.

  • Brookhart will hold back a few scholarships in case some players "slip through the cracks."

  • Akron also signed a player with the last name Lemmon. I can't find him on any recruiting site.

  • Derron Smith from Pittsburgh signed in the past 24 hours. He is the 90th best inside linebacker in the country, according to ESPN Insider. gives Smith two stars. He is a decent blitzer who likes to drop into coverage. He could be converted to defensive end, but I doubt Brookhart's scheme would suit another DE. He had interest from Toledo.

  • I just spoke with Joe Prud'homme, high school coach of Sean Hakes at Nolan Catholic High School in Texas. Hakes has all the physical attributes of a future pro, his coach said. He needs to read coverages better. Forgive Hakes for that. He only played 1.5 years of high school quarterback.
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