ZipsNation.org moderator Captain Kangaroo (a credible source) is reporting Akron received a verbal commitment from Pittsburgh linebacker Aaron Williams.
Williams, whom Scout.com calls the 24th best weakside linebacker in the nation, is the most talented player that Akron was pursuing with a scholarship offer.
Williams visited UA in early December and called it a beautiful campus. Scout.com's three-star recruit rated his visit as a nine out of 10. Toledo was the other finalist for the 6-foot, 196-pound player's services. Buffalo also offered a scholarship. Marshall, Pittsburgh and Michigan State showed interest as well.
I can't confirm this as 100 percent accurate just yet, but Captain has never led me astray before.
Here are some other Zips targets you should pay attention to in the next month...
Perhaps Keith Dambrot is using the media to send a message to his veteran big men, or maybe he means it when he says Quade Milum may be the team's best interior scorer.
Dambrot said Milum's confidence has skyrocketed, and obviously the coach is becoming more sure of his 6-7 high jumper's ability, too.
Those quotes are from Elton Alexander's Plain Dealer story. I'm a little surprised how much the PD has covered this Zips this year. Pleasantly surprised, that is.
We will find out immediately if Akron (7-5) can contend with the MAC's best.
Jodi Kest told the ABJ's Michael Beaven that BGSU (10-2) has the ideal program -- one she'd like to mimic at Akron.
I don't think anyone should expect a win tonight. As long as the Zips compete against the Falcons, I'll be pleased. If they do win, however, the expectations are much, much higher going into MAC play.