Ohio's top quarterback chose Akron last night.
Six-foot-4 Patrick Nicely of Willoughby South is the No. 20 pro-style quarterback in the nation, according to Rivals.com. As a senior, he threw for 22 touchdowns and four interceptions. ESPN.com's scouting report suggests that Nicely is a threat to run, as well.
Nicely turned down offers from Ohio University, Toledo, Bowling Green, and Central Michigan. He originally committed to Bowling Green, but he decommitted once the Falcons changed coaches.
Nicely visited campus over the weekend. He was impressed with the football facilities, the campus overall and how J.D. Brookhart was up front with him. It also helps that Nicely's high school teammate and offensive lineman Joe Vidovic committed to Akron, too.
"In the end, it just felt like it was a place where I can start early, and I loved everything about it," he told the Plain Dealer. "Their program is going up and I'd like to be the one that carries them to another [Mid-American Conference] championship."
Despite being the most prominent recruit of this class, Nicely has expressed a desire to redshirt.
It had been 10 years and five days since Akron beat rival Kent State.
Using that as motivation, the Zips snapped that streak last night by beating the Flashes, 64-62.
Akron sophomore Amber Witt scored 19. The Zips won the rebounding battle, 42-27. Akron improved to 7-11 and 2-3 in the MAC.