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  1. I’m not sure what happened. His absence surprised me as he looked pretty good with the backups in the spring game. His Twitter does not have him listed as an Akron football player anymore, so I’m pretty sure he’s gone. He’s from Florida so maybe he was looking to play somewhere closer to home? I haven’t seen anything related to portal activity, but all the recruiting services have been overwhelmed on that front lately.
  2. Fairly recent offer to Troy OL transfer Toryque Bateman. Other offers from: Grambling State Bethune-Cookman Delaware State Mississippi Valley State Florida A&M West Virginia State Eastern Illinois Morgan State Tennessee State Townson Alabana A&M
  3. https://n.rivals.com/content/prospects/2023/adrian-norton-276321 Toledo also offered. I did a little digging and got his Rivals profile updated. Sounds like he was a late bloomer. His film is impressive and he also camped at Akron, so our coaches were able to see him in person. I’m with you in the hope he works out. Seems to have what it takes physically, but so do most that are recruited to the D1 level.
  4. https://n.rivals.com/content/prospects/2023/adrian-norton-276321 He seems to be a good one. Not sure how Norton doesn’t have more offers.
  5. Big time target Barrett Maddox is on campus today. Something to keep an eye on. https://n.rivals.com/content/prospects/2023/barrett-maddox-277808
  6. I created and updated Rivals prospect profiles with size, offers, and linked hudl video. Once I did that, the national reporters responded fairly quickly and now everyone but Lester Miller has a ranking. Looks like they forgot to give Bowen his 5.2-5.4 rating, but he is listed as a 2 star. I’ll continue to update their profiles as the year goes along, which will probably get a few of them ratings bump if they receive more offers. If anyone notices the players receiving more offers, please let me know. Due to the updates, Akron is listed as having the 67th best class for 2023. https://n.rivals.com/team_rankings/2023/all-teams/football Wasel = 5.6 - 3 star https://n.rivals.com/content/prospects/2023/steele-wasel-261890 Long = 5.3 - 2 star https://n.rivals.com/content/prospects/2023/maurice-long-294374 Mann = 5.4 - 2 star https://n.rivals.com/content/prospects/2023/jonas-mann-285528 Cravaack = 5.4 - 2 star https://n.rivals.com/content/prospects/2023/conner-cravaack-279676 Moore = 5.4 - 2 star https://n.rivals.com/content/prospects/2023/marcus-moore-280680 Bowen = ? - 2 star https://n.rivals.com/content/prospects/2023/joshua-bowen-241562 Louis = 5.3 - 2 star https://n.rivals.com/content/prospects/2023/jean-louis-iii-280349 White = 5.3 - 2 star https://n.rivals.com/content/prospects/2023/catrell-white-276218 Lang-Taylor = 5.4 - 2 star https://n.rivals.com/content/prospects/2023/zayden-laing-taylor-285125 Miller = NR - NR https://n.rivals.com/content/prospects/2023/lester-miller-284649 Norton = 5.4 - 2 star https://n.rivals.com/content/prospects/2023/adrian-norton-276321
  7. https://n.rivals.com/content/prospects/2023/lester-miller-284649 I can’t update his ranking or position, but I updated his Rivals profile. There’s also a write-up from a national reporter about playing cornerback at a Rivals Camp.
  8. I trust the staff’s opinion, but Laing-Taylor doesn’t seem to excel in any area when watching his film. He definitely has the size to come in and contribute as a freshman, but not so much the skill. He looks to be best suited as a S. Ive lost track at this point, but does anyone know if he camped and earned an offer in person?
  9. Some transfers are unknowns, but have the potential to excel. A number of the transfers have had success elsewhere and there isn’t any reason to believe that won’t carry over. I am with you in as far as tempering expectations in winning the MAC this coming season, but I do expect this team to be competitive in every MAC game and win their fair share. I also agree the offense will heavily revolve around success of the QB position. Moorhead has been successful almost everywhere he’s been and seems to have a strong staff in place. It all aligns to a solid year and little chance of finishing last place.
  10. The same writer gave Akron an A- for the Moorhead hire. I guess he thinks it’ll take a much longer process to be competitive, despite the transfer portal changing the dynamic for rebuilds.
  11. Wow, talk about a major publication missing the mark. Do better Athlon.
  12. I see where you’re going with that, but it’s not an apples to apples comparison. When I’m watching film I’m not receiving someone else’s opinions, plugs, or lack thereof about the prospect - outside of maybe a star rating. Star ratings I also take with a grain of salt because those are often tied into the number of scholarships or who the offers are from. So the ratings can be very different by the end of the prospect’s senior year.
  13. Probably so. Keep in mind I work for one of the major recruiting services, so there are some things that rub me the wrong way.
  14. I couldn’t make it past the 6 minute mark. The smugness and name dropping of the guy doing the podcast really irked me. Saying Steele had a “fun little game” comes across almost as a backhanded compliment. I wanted Steele to ask the guy what team he played for or which quarterbacks he’s coached. Thanks for posting it though ZZX. Steele will have a chance to accomplish some great things here.
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