Receiver Jerome Royal from Cleveland Heights High School recently committed to play for the Zips, according to the Akron Beacon Journal's Gary Estwick.
Royal, who is 6-foot-2, also had offers from Eastern Michigan and Ohio. Many Big East, Big Ten and MAC schools recruited him, too, but Royal liked how Akron was first to show interest. Some of those MAC schools also include Ball State, Miami and Toledo, Rivals.com says.
For those of you curious about how Akron fared as a team at the NCAA Championships, like I was, GoZips published the results.
The men took 46th with John Russell and Tomasz Smialek scoring a total of four points. The women took 70th behind Ashley Kaufman's and Natalie Sako's performances, which gained Akron one point.
The men's 46th-place finish was best in the MAC. The women tied Toledo for the highest MAC team.