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Zips extend offer to Chicago linebacker

By mrasor Published: June 27, 2006


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, says., meanwhile, doesn't know who he is.

  • A story in a Maryland newspaper mentions Vincent Hill, one of Akron's two verbal commitments so far. Hill is the 80th best recruit in the East Region.

  • My friends at 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.

  • 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 says he is in his third season with the Zips.
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