The Zips will play under the banner of Nike and hometown hero LeBron James for the next three years.
Despite its contract with adidas, Akron signed a contract to have the James' "LJ23" brand as its apparel provider.
Assuming that Nike re-designs the team's look, Akron will be playing its third consecutive season with new uniforms. The partnership with the NBA's finest young star should add some credibility to the team nationally. It should also impress top recruits, who have been more willing to play for Akron in the past few years.
I am curious about how this contract is structured. I made a public records request, and hopefully I will be able to upload a PDF of it soon.
Akron recently received its first verbal commitment.
Dee Frieson is a wide receiver from Orange Park, Fla. Although the recruiting sites lack information on him, a news report calls him a speedy slot receiver, who committed to Akron so he could play a similar role in a Division I offense.