J.D. Brookhart embraced Dan Ronsman after the Illinois offensive center committed to Akron.
He was one of three recruits to choose the Zips last weekend.
- Brian Callahan was the lead recruiter on Ronsman, whom Rivals.com gives two stars. The 6-foot-3, 250 pounder also had interest in Northwestern, New Mexico, Illinois State, Ball State, Northern Illinois and Southern Illinois. Ronsman, who also played basketball in high school, could be used as a guard or center.
- Wide receiver Jalil Carter, a 6-1 speedster from Toledo, also visited campus on Friday and committed soon after. He runs a 4.43 in the 40-yard dash, according to Rivals.com. Akron assistant Aaron Alford recruited Carter, a two-star athlete for Rivals and Scout.com. Carter turned down scholarships from Kent State and Bowling Green. A Rivals.com story speculates he might be used as a defensive back as well.
- Defensive end Joe Rash, 6-2 and 250 from Pittsburgh, committed on Sunday. He turned down scholarship offers from Toledo and Buffalo. Rash calls himself "a coachable player." With a 2.3 high school GPA, hopefully he stays eligible. He had 7.5 sacks this season, but it was his 850 on the SAT that might have scared off the University of Pittsburgh, from whom Rash expected a scholarship offer. West Virginia was also a school of interest. Joe Moorhead recruited Rash. Don't be surprised if Aaron Williams, Rash's high school teammate who visited campus with him, also commits soon. The two-star linebacker is choosing between Akron and Toledo.