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'Top-10' signing class

By mrasor Published: February 7, 2007

Men's soccer
Caleb Porter believes his 2007 recruiting class is top 10 in the nation.
He said so in today's press conference. The five signees each have impressive backgrounds, so I'm inclined to believe him...
¥ Anthony Ampaipitawkong, midfielder, Dallas He's a five-time NSCAA All-American (starting in eighth grade). Double-A also particpated in the Elite Soccer Program, which takes the top 150 kids in the country. "One of the top attacking prospects in the country," Porter said.
¥ Blair Gavin, defensive midfielder, Franklin, Tenn. He starts on the U18 United States national team. Gavin "has all the tools to be a dominant player at Akron," Porter said.
¥ Aaron Henkle, midfielder, Carmel, Ind. He was the captain and leading scorer for the No. 1 high school program in the nation. "Aaron is a flat-out winner and has a tremendous upside," Porter said.
¥ Michael Nanchoff, midfielder, North Royalton, Ohio (Walsh Jesuit High School) First-team all state and NSCAA All-American his senior year. His father and uncle played at Akron and were two-time All-Americans. "His ability to probe defenses with his passing will make him a dangerous player at the next level."
¥ Steven Zakuani, forward, London, England "Steve is a special player that can break the game open at any time," Porter said. He played at the Independent Football Academy, which is probably cool.
Women's soccer Catherine Byrne also announced her eight signees for 2007.
The team started off hot last season. "As a result, we are recruiting and attracting a more complete player," Byrne said.
You can check the list at GoZips.com. Byrne mentioned two players who might contribute right away...
¥ Jordan Baranowski, forward, Gibsonia, Pa. Byrne calls her "a huge threat" in front of the net.
¥ Kyra Petrole, midfield defender, Rochester, N.Y. She led her high school to a state championship and earned first-team all-state. "Kyra has the New York attitude and plays like it," Byrne said.
Men's basketball
Here are some tidbits about today's Zips game against Central Michigan...
¥ My Buchtelite preview talks about point guard Giordan Watson, the Chippewas only weapon, but he's a good one. ¥ Tom Gaffney's ABJ preview says CMU will bring toughness and athleticism to Rhodes Arena tonight. ¥ Akron is a favorite of between 18 and 19.5 points. The over-under is 133.5. ¥ Danny Sheridan says the spread should be 19.5.
My mind is too scattered because of this recruiting craziness to give an intelligent prediction. Obviously Akron will win. How about 77-60?
Prediction: Akron 77, Central Michigan 60

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