For the first time I can remember, Akron will compete with Hawaii for a recruit.
Mark Oliver is the target. He is a 6-foot-1 linebacker from Chicago. The Zips have offered Oliver a scholarship, according to the Honolulu Advertiser.
Other teams of interest include Colorado State, Kansas State, Purdue, Wyoming, Central Michigan and Northern Illinois, Rivals.com says. Scout.com, meanwhile, doesn't know who he is.
A story in a Maryland newspaper mentionsVincent Hill, one of Akron's two verbal commitments so far. Hill is the 80th best recruit in the East Region.
My friends at VanDelaySports.com have previewed Akron's season. Biggest compliment: Akron has one of the deepest quarterbacking corps in the country. Biggest criticism: The Zips schedule probably will prevent the team from returning to a bowl.
Bucknuts.com posted a photo of Akron's coordinator of football operations, Reno Ferri. Ferri was at a camp for third- through eighth-graders. I don't mean to sound stupid, but I didn't know about this guy. His bio on GoZips.com says he is in his third season with the Zips.