A three-star defensive back from Maryland announced four favorites.
Cornelius Ward really likes Akron, Miami (Ohio), Virginia Tech and Marshall. Each have offered a scholarship except VT.
From that list, Scout.com only mentions Akron and Marshall as possibilities.
Akron likely is a leader because Ward's high school teammate Vincent Hill already committed to the Zips. Hill is a three-star receiver.
Ward projects as a full academic qualifier due to his 3.3 GPA, Rivals.com says.
Ward has lesser interest in Boston College, Buffalo, North Carolina, Tennessee and Vanderbilt. Of those schools, only Buffalo has offered him a scholarship.
- Copley safety David Arnold, a three-star athlete, seems likely to choose between Illinois, Syracuse and Indiana, Rivals.com says. Bowling Green, Eastern Michigan and Akron -- all of whom have offered Arnold a scholarship -- are longshots.
- Three-star safety Kahlil Permenter is leaning toward Boston College. The Maryland native also has offers from Akron and Temple.
- Keep in mind: Temple has shown to be no pushover in recruiting this year.
- In-depth rankings put Zips 69th: CollegeFootballNews.com put together a formula that takes into account Academic Progress Rates, conference wins, quality wins, elite wins, bad losses, players drafted and attendance. Akron would be higher if not for "a half-empty Rubber Bowl for most games." Sixth-ninth seems pretty low, but take a look at some of the quality programs below the Zips.
- This is a three-year analysis of data. Four MAC teams are ranked higher: Miami (20), Toledo (36), Northern Illinois (45) and Bowling Green (53).
- Somehow, CFN ranks Akron's strong defensive line as the nation's 81st best. The Zips defense is 82nd. The defensive backs are 58th. The linebackers are 93rd. The special teams unit is 112th.
- The Zips offense comes in 91st. Running backs are 103rd. Quarterbacks are 43rd. Receivers are 98th. Offensive line is 67th.
- I would say CFN underrated each position (except special teams) by about 30 spots. The site seems reluctant to give Akron credit after only one good season. In a way, I respect that.
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- An ESPN.com writer ranked the Zips No. 7.