It's been several months since I've written anything of substance about recruiting.
During football season, nothing was happening because the Zips were so bad and recruits were hearing that J.D. Brookhart was not going to be around. Consequently, there were no verbal commitments.
Since then, it's been basketball season. I wouldn't want to disrespect his majesty Keith Dambrot by talking about a football team that hasn't done anything in five years.
But here are some updates:
The Canton Repository reported that North Canton running back Erick Howard has verbally committed to Akron, but that he is very open to considering Toledo. The third option is prep school, because Howard's grades are likely to require his status as a Prop 48 player. Scout.com calls Howard its No. 24 running back in the nation. He would be the marquee player of this class, if he commits to Akron.
Akron also added two players from Staten Island, N.Y. You can read about the story here. One is Marvin Staten, a big tailback. The other is cornerback Micklos Blake.
Receiver Keith Sconiers will visit campus this weekend, and it sounds likely that he'll commit, according to the Chicago Tribune. Rivals.com gives the 6-foot-3 Illinois product three stars.
Jon Duckett, a safety from Pennsylvania, is choosing between Kent State, Army and Akron. He likes Akron, but Ianello's defensive scheme changed from 3-3-5 to 4-3 (heavenly angels are rejoicing), so there is a lesser need for safeties. He might also choose to walk on at Penn State.
Rivals.com lists two new commitments:
Richard Hall, weakside defensive end, Wheeling, W.V. Offers: Akron Height: 6-3 Weight: 240 Speed: 4.8 Notes: While Hall only had one offer, other schools were interested: Marshall, Ohio and West Virginia. His coach says Hall is "definitely the smartest football player I've ever coached." Hall liked Akron's facilities and Rob Ianello's staff.
Anthony Holmes, safety, New Berlin, N.Y. Offers: Akron, Temple and Buffalo Height: 6-1 Weight: 185 Speed: Not listed Notes: Ianello told Holmes that he is their No. 1 target on their recruiting board. He decommitted from Temple, because Temple sent him to Milford Academy, then jostled him around on what academic standards the school wanted him to meet. Rivals.com gives Holmes three stars.
Signing Day is Wednesday, Feb. 3. I intend to cover it and keep you updated before then.