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Zips offer scholarship to athletic tight end

By mrasor Published: May 25, 2007

Football
Kenny Anunkike
runs a 4.6 in the 40-yard dash, is 6-foot-5 and 220 pounds. His coach calls the Lewis Center, Ohio tight end a relentless blocker.
But it's all a moot point. Rivals.com is reporting 1) that Akron offered him a scholarship and 2) Anunkike already committed to Duke.
Other tight end targets include Johnstown, Pa.'s Mike Cruz (whom they won't get) and Jermyn, Pa.'s Justin Virbitsky (whom no one else wants). A fourth tight end, Demetrius Boone from California, has similar stats as Anunkike, reports interest in Akron, but has not received a scholarship offer from the Zips coaching staff.
I took a look at the players who notified Rivals.com of their interest in Akron. Thirteen of them have offers from other schools, making them likely Division-I players and possibly the next scholarship offers for the Zips.

    Gary Thornton, all-purpose back from Youngstown, has an offer from Army. Corey Lewis, offensive tackle from Cresco, Pa., has offers from Connecticut and Temple. Michael Kay, offensive guard from Maryland, accepted Syracuse's scholarship offer -- the only one he had on the table. Andrew Phelan, offensive guard from West Chester, Ohio, has offers from Buffalo and Toledo. Pat Wertz, defensive end from Tinley Park, Ill., has an offer from Eastern Michigan. Gordon Kickels, linebacker from Lemont, Ill., has offers from Air Force and Bowling Green. Jon Sharp, linebacker from Pittsburgh, has an offer from Toledo. Drew Stevens, linebacker from Lewis Center, Ohio, has an offer from Kent State. Manny Williams, linebacker from Clairton, Pa., has an offer from Toledo. Thomas Douglas, safety from Columbus, has offers from Iowa and Cincinnati. Jermaine Robinson, safety from Pittsburgh, committed to West Virginia -- his only offer on the table. Ryan Smoot, safety from Columbus, has offers from Air Force and Eastern Michigan.
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