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Archbishop Hoban's Fleming selects University of Akron

By mikeb Published: January 30, 2008

Archbishop Hoban senior Will Fleming has orally committed to continue his academic and football careers at the University of Akron, Hoban coach Ralph Orsini said.

Fleming, a 6-foot-4 and 210-pound athlete who played safety, linebacker and wide receiver for the Knights, was a Division II All-Ohio Special Mention this past fall. He also earned first-team honors in the Northeast Inland district and in the North Coast League.

"He is going to bring toughness, he is a good athlete and I think he fits into what they are going to do at the University of Akron," Orsini said. "I think he will be a really athletic linebacker. He will have to put on some weight to play that position, but he has also been successful at safety."

Fleming’s father, Jim Fleming, is the Zips defensive coordinator and is in charge of safeties under UA coach J.D. Brookhart.

"He was looking for the right fit," Orsini said. "There is a lot of excitement with the new stadium and the expansion of the campus and he really wanted to play for his father. He is a kid that plays the game with great passion. You can tell that he comes from a football family."

Orsini said Fleming chose UA over scholarship offers from Hawaii, Boise State and Miami (Ohio). Fleming also received interest from Michigan State, Iowa, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Wake Forest and West Virginia.

"I am officially committed to the Akron Zips," Will Fleming told the recruiting service rivals.com. "My dad was really excited about the news."

Rivals.com gave Fleming three stars on a five star scale and has him as the 44th ranked player in Ohio’s class of 2008. Scout.com gave Fleming two stars and ranked him as the No. 123 safety in the country for the class of 2008.

Fleming and Knights senior teammate Steve Yoak, a running back, will play in the North/South All-Star game at Columbus Crew Stadium on June 14th.

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