This is the time of the year where we will see Akron's coaches working hard to build a foundation of trust with high-profile recruits.
One tactic both Keith Dambrot and J.D. Brookhart's staffs use is being the first team to offer a scholarship.
On top of the seven offers Akron already made, here are three recent ones...
- Domonick Britt, QB, Trotwood, Ohio. Imagine Quade Milum lining up behind center. Britt is 6-foot-5 and 175 pounds. He's a threat to scramble, but he also threw for 3,000 yards as a junior. Eastern Michigan and Illinois are Britt's other offers. He also has interest in Miami (Fla.), Ohio State, USC, Texas Tech and Oklahoma. Reading some of Britt's quotes, he appears destined for big-time college football as long as he has a good senior season. Although the recruiting sites have not issued star ratings yet, it's my guess that Britt will merit at least three stars.
- Larry Dawson, RB, Akron (North HS). An athlete coming out of North High School? Yep. Dawson, at 6-0 and 200, has interest in Connecticut, Kansas, Oklahoma State, Pittsburgh and Ball State. The Zips are his only offer to this point.
- Rich Bell, DT, Salisbury, Conn. Scout.com calls him a center. More than likely, Bell fits in as a defensive tackle in college because of his 4.8 speed. The 6-2, 270 pounder says Akron leads the race at this point, but the Zips also are his only offer. Other schools of interest include Boston College, Connecticut, Penn State and Rutgers.