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Class of '23 Offers & Verbal Commits


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56 minutes ago, zippy5 said:

Hmm, maybe this is the disconnect. I'd surely hope no one is recruiting off of stars. But as a fan evaluating a recruiting class, they're helpful. Over time and a large sample size, the higher rated your guys are, the more likely they are to succeed. Of course there are always outliers and exceptions.

I think the football staff is doing a tremendous job recruiting and landing some players that could play at the Power 5 level, but will be difference makers here. Not necessarily starters at the Power 5 level, but could make the depth chart and contribute. In essence I think we have a staff that is recruiting like a Power 5 staff at Akron. The biggest difference I see in recruiting as a whole is along the offensive and defensive lines (and to some extent linebacker and safety). It may take a year or two for the freshmen to develop on the OL and DL, but the talent has most certainly increased. The physicality our incoming recruits play with is eye opening and something we see on a weekly basis at Power 5 levels.

 

Im doing my best to get the national guys at Rivals to rate our recruits, but they are busy and there is still the mindset that Akron isn’t a good program. I suspect I’ll have their ear a little more after this season and we’ll likely see a few more 3 star recruits in next year’s class, even if they aren’t any better than some of the recruits in this year’s class.

 

It’s an exciting time for Akron football and I’m looking forward to experiencing it with everyone here.

 

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18 minutes ago, LZIp said:

FYI, while rivals now shows us as having the 80th best class, there isn't a link to click on our name to see the list of commits and their rating.

https://n.rivals.com/team_rankings/2023/all-teams/football

Disappointing about the link. I’ll see what can be done about it, but that probably won’t change any time soon. They would need an editor to keep the site up and running. For now, I’m making sure all of the recruits have updated profiles and receive a rating. 

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Offers are still rolling in for Tucker. He received another one from Dartmouth. 
 

Rivals is showing us as having 15 verbal commits, but someone at Rivals mistakenly created another profile for Tucker. It is actually 14 commits as @Blue & Goldhas listed at the top of this thread.

 

Ive been told Tucker and Miller will have ratings soon.

 

On a different note, there is a chance that Devonte Golden-Nelson is not enrolled despite what the official roster says. I stumbled upon some information that had him enrolled at Iowa Western Community College. We’ll have to see how that pans out.

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28 minutes ago, catdaddyp said:

Offers are still rolling in for Tucker. He received another one from Dartmouth. 
 

Rivals is showing us as having 15 verbal commits, but someone at Rivals mistakenly created another profile for Tucker. It is actually 14 commits as @Blue & Goldhas listed at the top of this thread.

 

Ive been told Tucker and Miller will have ratings soon.

 

On a different note, there is a chance that Devonte Golden-Nelson is not enrolled despite what the official roster says. I stumbled upon some information that had him enrolled at Iowa Western Community College. We’ll have to see how that pans out.

 

Here's hoping the information you stumbled upon is actually misinformation.

I can't even find a football roster for IWCC.

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13 minutes ago, catdaddyp said:

I hope it’s wrong too. I couldn’t verify anything, but this profile was created 2 days ago. 

 

If we are to believe Rivals (and I'm not saying I do), if the young man was unable to handle the academic rigor at Memphis (a pillar of higher education), this is not a good indicator he would enjoy academic success at Akron.

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Another one to check out now is On3.com. It is another rating service like 247 and Rivals. They do their own ratings but also come up with a combined rating of all three services. They are gaining a lot of traction in the recruiting world. I haven't looked up how our class of 23' compares on this vs Rivals and 247 but might be a good project for anyone willing to take it on  - or maybe I will this weekend.   

 

Interesting, they have QB Steele Wasel as most likely going to Tulsa

 

https://www.on3.com/db/steele-wasel-108253/

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On 8/5/2022 at 2:35 PM, MangoZip said:

Another one to check out now is On3.com. It is another rating service like 247 and Rivals. They do their own ratings but also come up with a combined rating of all three services. They are gaining a lot of traction in the recruiting world. I haven't looked up how our class of 23' compares on this vs Rivals and 247 but might be a good project for anyone willing to take it on  - or maybe I will this weekend.   

 

Interesting, they have QB Steele Wasel as most likely going to Tulsa

 

https://www.on3.com/db/steele-wasel-108253/

On3 was created by the same guy who started Rivals. Rivals will have the most up to date information on Akron recruits.

 

On3 is incorrect about Wasel. He’s firmly committed to Joe Moorhead and Akron.

 


 

 

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On 8/5/2022 at 8:56 AM, catdaddyp said:

Offers are still rolling in for Tucker. He received another one from Dartmouth. 
 

Rivals is showing us as having 15 verbal commits, but someone at Rivals mistakenly created another profile for Tucker. It is actually 14 commits as @Blue & Goldhas listed at the top of this thread.

 

Ive been told Tucker and Miller will have ratings soon.

 

On a different note, there is a chance that Devonte Golden-Nelson is not enrolled despite what the official roster says. I stumbled upon some information that had him enrolled at Iowa Western Community College. We’ll have to see how that pans out.

Not sure why else Golden-Nelson would be retweeting this if he weren't at IWCC..bummer.

 

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10 minutes ago, LZIp said:

Not sure why else Golden-Nelson would be retweeting this if he weren't at IWCC..bummer.

 

Agreed. I think the Rivals guy has a connection to some of the Midwest JUCOs and was right in this scenario. I was really looking forward to watching Golden-Nelson play. Maybe next year.

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