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Zips battle Memphis, Kansas State for Russell

By mrasor Published: July 28, 2008

The duel for junior college cornerback Chaz Russell has intensified, with the four-star athlete receiving scholarship offers from Memphis and Kansas State.
Meanwhile, Russell was scheduled to visit Akron's campus last weekend. The story (linked above) makes it obvious that the Zips are doing everything possible to land Russell, who could suit up this season.
With Akron's lack of depth in the secondary, Russell's commitment would mean a lot for the pass defense.

    New scholarship offers...
    Phil Walker, linebacker, Weston, Fla. Offers: Akron, Kansas State, Central Michigan, Middle Tennessee State, Northern Illinois and Tulsa Height: 6-foot-1 Weight: 210 Speed: Not listed Notes: Boston College is Walker's top school. One problem: The Golden Eagles have not offered him a scholarship. Rutgers is another school whose scholarship offer would probably draw a commitment from the Florida linebacker.
    Shamari Benton, safety, Birmingham, Mich. Offers: Akron, Bowling Green, Central Michigan and Eastern Michigan Height: 6-0 Weight: 194 Speed: 4.4 Notes: Benton is's No. 69 safety in the nation. Benton planned to decide today, unless he received a surprise offer from a big school.
    Steve Marck, tight end, Fairless Hills, Pa. Offers: Akron, Syracuse and Buffalo Height: 6-3 Weight: 225 Speed: 4.75 Notes: Marck was pleasantly surprised to see an offer from Akron show up in the mail last weekend, despite that he hadn't talked to the Zips' coaches much. An offer from Pitt is what Marck has really desired.
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