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Zips offer seventh defensive lineman

By mrasor Published: June 12, 2007

Coaches talk a lot about how hard it is to recruit defensive linemen.
But at least put some effort into it.
The position is assuredly a weakness with the program -- and at many mid-major schools as well. If you don't throw scholarship offers out there, it is possible to get stuck without any depth for a second-straight season, as is the case with the Zips.
The newest offer looks like a good one...

    Andrew Smith, defensive end, Coconut Creek, Fla. Offers: Akron, Florida Atlantic, Indiana and Troy Height: 6-foot-3 Weight: 235 Speed: 4.69 Notes: That's a pretty solid 40-yard dash for a 235 pounder. It was recorded at a combine, so you know it's legit. Likelihood: Akron has routinely beaten the lower-tier Big Ten schools on the recruiting trail. IU coach Terry Hoeppner's serious illness certainly will affect the Hoosiers. At this point, you have to cheer any time Akron receives a commitment from a defensive lineman it offers.
    Quamane Bryant, cornerback, Pittsburgh Offers: Akron and Ohio Height: 5-9 Weight: 152 Speed: 4.56 Notes: Bryant told he runs a 4.4. Turns out, when they clocked him at a combine, that became a 4.56. In terms of recruiting, that's a pretty big difference. Judging by his offers, Bryant wasn't fooling anyone regardless. Likelihood: Bryant is not shy when he says he would love to play at West Virginia. He rooted for the Mountaineers since sixth grade. I can respect that. Unfortunately, most 5-9 corners that get offers to West Virginia have blazing (4.4 to 4.45) speed. He looks like a MAC prospect.
    The New Orleans Saints and Andy Alleman agreed on a contract Monday. There was no way a guy like Alleman would hold out. Also signing with the Saints on Monday was Usama Young, cornerback from Kent State, who was their other third-round pick.
    It's too nice outside today for me seriously to consider writing a lot. But Dan Kadar did. He broke down Kent State for you on


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