Diamond Weaver will make headline writing at the Akron Beacon Journal a little easier.
Scout.com reports that the cornerback with an eccentric name and sub-4.4 speed verbally committed to Akron sometime after visiting campus on Dec. 5. Rivals.com gives Weaver three stars.
It appears to me that J.D. Brookhart is having another great year of recruiting. It makes me wonder how the rest of the MAC is faring.
So I looked into Rivals.com's
Ball State -- 16 commitments, 3 three-star players
Bowling Green -- 13 commitments, 0 three-star players
Buffalo -- 3 commitments, 0 three-star players (it must be a factor of
Turner Gill's uncertain status --
Central Michigan -- 25 commitments, 6 three-star players
Eastern Michigan -- 2 commitments (but the Eagles just
hired a new coach)
Kent State -- 6 commitments, 1 three-star player (the three-star player is
Jeff Walker, a 6-foot-5
receiver from Coventry High School; Akron did not pursue Walker)
Miami -- 9 commitments, 0 three-star players (I'm not including
Jake Brandt, a three-star
offensive tackle who decommitted from Miami and verballed with Akron)
Northern Illinois -- 6 commitments, 2 three-star players
Ohio -- 8 commitments, 1 three-star player
Temple -- 20 commitments, 0 three-star players
Toledo -- 2 commitments, 0 three-star players (I'm not including four-star defensive back
Jermaine Robinson, who decommitted from Toledo and verballed with Akron; Toledo's low number is a product of the Rockets' coaching change, as well)
Western Michigan -- 18 commitments, 1 three-star player
Rivals.com has Akron with 8
and 1 three-star player (WR
). When you add Robinson, Brandt, Weaver and the other players missing from the Rivals list, Akron's 2009 class looks fantastic. Of course, other schools have unreported commitments, too.
While InfoCision Stadium helps recruiting this year, just wait until next fall. Players can get the full "wow" factor, rather than just looking at computer-generated pictures and walking around a bunch of steel girders. If the Zips can combine the new stadium and Brookhart's salesmanship with a winning record, it will be bad news for teams competing with Akron for recruits.