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Offered players will be posted below.

 

 

 

Steven Mahar - TE - Syracuse (NR)

Cole Birdow - OL - Merrimack (NR)

D’Andre Richard - OL - Northwestern State (NR)

Zy Brockington - DT - Memphis (5.4) 2 ️ 

Dave Herard - CB - Virginia (NR)

Deshawn Jones - CB - Bowling Green (NR)

Terrence Spence - CB - Holy Cross (NR)

 

 

 

Removed from 2024 recruiting class:

Zevi Eckhaus - QB - Bryant (5.5) 3 ️  = Jacksonville State

Ben Finley - QB - California (5.4) 2 ️ = AKRON

Dylan Downing - RB - Purdue (5.5) 3 ️ = Miami (OH)

Jawarn Howell - RB - SC State (5.5) 3 ️ = South Carolina

Antwain Littleton - RB - Maryland (5.5) 3 ️ = Temple

Marquese Williams - RB - Minnesota (5.6) 3 ️ = AKRON

Cortez Braham - WR - West Virginia (5.4) 2 ️ = Nevada

Jaylen Varner - WR - Emporia State (NR) = Minnesota 

Dariyan Wiley - WR - ULM (5.5) 3 ️ = Nevada

DeShawn Hanika - TE - Iowa State (5.5) 3 ️ = Kansas

Logan Kyle - TE - Vanderbilt (5.5) 3 ️ = James Madison

Thomas Buxton - OL - Stonehill (5.2) 2 ️  = Rhode Island

Eli Fields - OL - Southern (5.4) 2 ️ = AKRON

Alex Foster - OL - Utah Tech (5.4) 2 ️ = Colorado State

Kyle Frazier - OL - Savannah State (NR) = Georgia Southern

Zach Greenberg - OL - Muhlenberg (5.4) 2 ️ = North Carolina

Jemeil Jackson - OL - Fort Valley State (NR) = Central Michigan

CJ James - OL - New Mexico (5.5) 3 ️ = UTSA

Quincy Jenkins - OL - Campbell (NR) = James Madison

Tyler McMillan - OL - Northwestern State (5.4) 2 ️ = SEMO

Connor Meadows - OL - Tennessee (5.4) 2 ️ = Tennessee State

Kamar Missouri - OL - Rutgers (5.4) 2 ️ = UTSA

Jordan Moko - OL - Texas A&M (5.6) 3 ️  = Charlotte

Daniel Ogundipe - OL - UTSA (5.4) 2 ️ = FIU

Tolu Olajide - OL - Stonehill (5.4) 2 ️ = New Hampshire

 James Pogorelc - OL - Stanford (5.4) 2 ️ = Duke

Malachi Preciado - OL - Purdue (5.5) 3 ️  = South Alabama

Melvin Priestly - OL - Grambling (5.5) 3 ️ = Illinois

Nick Reimer - OL - Merrimack (5.5) 3 ️ = Bowling Green

Brayden Rohme - OL - California (5.6) 3 ️  = UMASS

Dayne Shor - OL - UCONN (5.4) 2 ️ = AKRON

DJ Wesolak - DE - Missouri (5.5) 3 ️ = Oregon State

Kendy Charles - DT - Liberty (5.6) 3 ️ = Duke

Miguel Jackson - DT - Charlotte (5.4) 2 ️ = Utah State

Nathan Kapogno - DT - New Hampshire (5.5) 3 ️ = AKRON

Sulaiman Kpaka - DT - Purdue (5.5) 3 ️  = Mississippi State

Terry Lockett - DT - Syracuse (5.5) 3 ️ = James Madison

Dion Washington - DT - Nevada (5.7) 3 ️ = Hawaii

Rich Benenge - LB - Army (NR) = AKRON

Bryquice Brown - CB - Georgia State (5.5) 3 ️ = Boston Collge

Jermarian Jackson - CB - Robert Morris (5.4) 2 ️ = FIU

James Monds - CB - Indiana (5.5) 3 ️  = Middle Tennessee State

Doug Newsome - CB - Charlotte (5.2) 2 ️ = UT Martin

Micah Robinson - CB - Furman (5.6) 3 ️ = Tulane

Anthony Romphf - CB - Western Michigan (5.4) 2 ️  = Charlotte

Khalil Baker - S - NC Central (5.5) 3 ️ = Elon

CJ Brown - S - Northern Illinois (5.2) 2 ️ = Bowling Green

SaVeon Brown - S - Western Michigan (5.4) 2 ️ = Buffalo

Eltayeb Bushra - S - Fairmont State (NR) = Charlotte

Malcolm Folk - S - Syracuse (5.5) 3 ️ = Kent State

Andreas Keaton - S - Western Carolina (5.4) 2 ️ = Temple

Keyshawn Cobb - S - West Virginia (5.4) 2 ️ = Nevada

Davis Mallinger - S - West Virginia (5.2) 2 ️ = Nevada

Blake Ruffin - S - Eastern Illinois (5.5) 3 ️ = Louisville

 

 

Removed 2023:

Diondre Glover - DB - Central Missouri (NR) = Gardner-Webb

Tyler Manoa - OL/DL - UCLA (3 ️) = Arizona

Jack Daly - DT - Bryant (NR) = FIU

Darius Swanson - DB - Nebraska-Kearney (NR) = Tulane

Gavin Pringle - DB - Bucknell (2 ️)= Georgia State

Jordan Vincent - DB - Eastern Illinois (3 ️)= New Mexico State

Nathan Carter - RB - UCONN (3 ️)= Michigan State

Alijah Huzzie - DB - East Tennessee State (NR) = UNC

Marques Sigle - DB - North Dakota State (3 ️)= Kansas State

Jack Forsyth - OL - Howard (2 ️) = Northern Arizona

Arsheen Jiles - DB - Sacred Heart (NR) = Sacred Heart

Donnell Brown - DL - St. Francis (3 ️)= Maryland 

Austin Goffney - DB - Lamar (2 ️) = Louisiana-Monroe

Terray Jones - DT - Tennessee State (3 ️)= AKRON

Lorenzo Lingard - RB - Florida (3 ️) = AKRON

Malone Mataele - DB - Utah (3 ️) = Utah State

Ahmad Rabah - DE - American International College (3 ️) = AKRON

Courtney Jackson - WR - Syracuse (3 ️) = Arkansas State

Ches Jackson - OL - Colorado State (2 ️) = Ohio

Elijah McAllister - DL - Vanderbilt (3 ️) = Auburn 

Joey Hunter - DB - South Carolina (2 ️)= AKRON

Bilhal Kone - DB - Indiana State (2 ️)= Western Michigan 

Eric Weaver - DT - VMI (NR) = Kent State

Lemuel Watley-Neely - DB - Indiana (2 ️) = Kent State

Chris Mayo - OL - West Virginia (3 ️)= Eastern Michigan 

Keyshawn “Key” Cobb - DB - Buffalo (3 ️) = West Virginia 

Dakota Thomas - WR - Western Kentucky (2 ️) = AKRON

Jimmy Holiday - WR - Tennessee (3 ️) = Western Kentucky 

Shamari Simmons - DB - Austin Peay (3 ️)= Arizona State

Noah Plack-Tallerico - S - Delaware (2 ️) = UCONN

Ugonna Nnanna - OL - Houston (2 ️) = Virginia

Kevin Williams Jr. - OL - Nebraska (2 ️) = Charlotte 

Jayden Gray - Edge - Iowa State (2 ️) = Louisiana Tech

Mattheus Carroll - Edge - Virginia Tech (2 ️) = Kent State

Hayden Harris - Edge - UCLA (2 ️) = Montana

Sebastian Benjamin - Edge - St. Francis (NR) = Western Kentucky 

DeMarcus Griffin-Taylor - DB - Houston (NR) = Louisiana Tech

Lideatrick “Tulu” Griffin - WR - Mississippi State (NR) = Mississippi State

Ben Frank - OT - Hobart College (NR) = AKRON

Judson Tallandier - S - Pittsburgh (2 ️) = AKRON

Keonte Glinton - DB - Wyoming (2 ️) = New Mexico State

Jasper Parks - OL - Sioux Falls (NR) = Charlotte 

Shemar Hobdy-Lee - OL - FIU (NR) = Houston

Courtney Eubanks - CB - North Dakota State (NR) = Coastal Carolina

AJ George - OL - Cincinnati (NR) = AKRON

Tyrell Raby - DB - Memphis (NR) = Middle Tennessee State

Matt Lawson - DT - Fresno State (2 ️)= Northwestern 

Richie Hagarty - DE - SIU (3 ️)= Northwestern

Quae Drake - LB - Louisiana-Monroe (NR) = Jacksonville State

Joshua Wiggins - CB - Colorado (NR) = Liberty

Nyzier Fourqurean - CB - Grand Valley State (NR) = Vanderbilt 

Keon Kindred - OT - Maryland (3 ️) = AKRON

Lama Lavea - DT - New Mexico State (NR) = AKRON

Joshua Blanchard - OL - South Florida (NR) = AKRON

Tristan Cox - DE - Purdue (3 ️) = Ohio

Jaylon Tillman - WR - Grand Valley State (NR) = Bowling Green

Jude Okolo - DT - Illinois State (NR) = FAU

Trevor Timmons - IOL - Charlotte (NR) = Georgia State

Nate Martey - DT - Princeton (NR) = Arkansas State

Michael Shanahan - OL - Texas Tech (2 ️) = Western Michigan

Finn Dirstine - OL - Boston College (NR) = Texas A&M

Ty Robinson - WR - Colorado (2 ️) = Ball State

Phaizon Wilson - WR - Grambling (NR) = AKRON

Keveion’ta Spears - DT - Louisiana Tech (NR) = Memphis

Josh Castro - OL - Cal Lutheran (D3) (NR) = Nevada

Danny Valenzuela - IOL - Arizona State (2 ️) = Texas State

Trevell Mullen - CB - Indiana (3 ️) = Liberty

Jesus Gibbs - DE - Towson (NR) = N/A

Anthony Bauer - OL - Louisiana-Monroe (NR) = N/A

 

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I'm only familiar with Josh Chandler (McKinley) and Tre'Von Morgan (Massillon).  

 

I'd love to see us land Josh Chandler.  I think I tagged one of the Zips coaches in a retweet from him when I saw he was entering the Portal.  He's a good LB & I think would make an excellent MAC LB.

 

Tre'Von Morgan, who originally signed with Michigan State, is... underwhelming.  He's a physical specimen (6-6. 225?) but hasn't yet produced much between the lines.  It was sort of the same way in high school; he was definitely recruited because of his potential, not because of actual on-field production.  In high school he was clearly a man amongst boys, but he doesn't really have the greatest hands in the world.  He would typically make one spectacular, eye-popping, highlight-film-making catch per game... but drop a couple easier catches.  And he's a bit of a tweener - a little too big, i.e., not quite explosive enough, for WR and doesn't seem quite strong enough for TE (at the D-1 college level).  Maybe he's added some weight. Idk. But either way, I like it when local products are on the team.  

 

Fun Fact on Tre'Von: his uncles (I believe that's the relation) played at Akron: Christian Morgan (6-4, 220) was a RB at Akron for one year and Marco Morgan (6-9) was a C/PF on the basketball team for two years.  The genes in that family are obviously amazing.  

 

Bonus Fun Fact on Christian Morgan: man was I hyped when Lee Owens signed him.  He's one of the  most gorgeous athletes I've ever seen put pads on. I thought he'd be a 3-year All-MAC caliber player. But we also signed another RB that year out of the Pittsburgh area named Brandon Payne.  End of story.  Payne went on to become one of the greatest Zips RB of all time.  (I think Christian also had academic issues as I don't believe he ever graduated.)

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8 minutes ago, Blue & Gold said:

I'm only familiar with Josh Chandler (McKinley) and Tre'Von Morgan (Massillon).  

 

I'd love to see us land Josh Chandler.  I think I tagged one of the Zips coaches in a retweet from him when I saw he was entering the Portal.  He's a good LB & I think would make an excellent MAC LB.

 

Tre'Von Morgan, who originally signed with Michigan State, is... underwhelming.  He's a physical specimen (6-6. 225?) but hasn't yet produced much between the lines.  It was sort of the same way in high school; he was definitely recruited because of his potential, not because of actual on-field production.  In high school he was clearly a man amongst boys, but he doesn't really have the greatest hands in the world.  He would typically make one spectacular, eye-popping, highlight-film-making catch per game... but drop a couple easier catches.  And he's a bit of a tweener - a little too big, i.e., not quite explosive enough, for WR and doesn't seem quite strong enough for TE (at the D-1 college level).  Maybe he's added some weight. Idk. But either way, I like it when local products are on the team.  

 

Fun Fact on Tre'Von: his uncles (I believed) played at Akron: Christian Morgan (6-4, 220) was a RB at Akron for one year and Marco Morgan (6-9) was a C/PF on the basketball team for two years.  The genes in that family are obviously amazing.  

 

Bonus Fun Fact on Christian Morgan: man was I hyped when Lee Owens signed him.  He's one of the  most gorgeous athletes I've ever seen put pads on. I thought he'd be a 3-year All-MAC caliber player. But we also signed another RB that year out of the Pittsburgh area named Brandon Payne.  End of story.  Payne went on to become one of the greatest Zips RB of all time.  (I think Christian also had academic issues as I don't believe he ever graduated.)

I don’t know much about either of them. Morgan’s track record makes me question what’s going on with him. 2 years at MSU, transfers to UK for a year, transfers to Miami of Ohio, and now in the portal again.

 

Chandler led a Big 12 team in tackles last year with 110 total, so I’d like to think he’d be able to step right in and produce here.

 

I’m certain there will be some more transfer activity after spring ball. This staff sounds determined to reshape this roster one way or another - by internal development or bringing in more portal players.

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6 hours ago, Akron1 said:

Add Caden Clark to the list.

Real possibility.

https://247sports.com/player/caden-clark-90889/

Wonder why you think this is a real possibility?  I know his father passed & his little brother plays at Hoban but I don’t know.  Those things can change a person but I always got the feeling the family always thought they was better than Akron.  Maybe he wants to be closer for his mom.  We have a big TE room but he would be a good addition 

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2 minutes ago, bigjim said:

Great talent.  But as I stated recently, how many tight ends do we need!!!!

My thinking is if you can upgrade, do it. I trust Coach Joe. May be bias but with grandkids at both St Ed's and Hoban I am close to both, and talent is not scarce there. Not real likely but wow if we could get Kilbane. What a motor this kid has. GO ZIPS. Hoping for Kilbane

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3 minutes ago, LZIp said:

Another higher touted local guy in the portal. Gates has already had a few stops though (if he actually made it to BC that is).

 

Man, he’s tough. Played at East. But I thought he was still at BC. Like you mentioned, did he ever get to BC? We’d potentially be his third stop (red flag?) but he’s the real deal.

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15 hours ago, bigjim said:

Great talent.  But as I stated recently, how many tight ends do we need!!!!

I'm guessing there may be some position changes, but after Spring practice and the Spring game I would imagine things will shake out and we'll have a few players entering the portal.

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Ohio.com article on Clark and Whigan-

https://www.beaconjournal.com/story/sports/college/zips/2022/04/26/two-power-5-players-announce-plans-transfer-university-akron/9541774002/

 

Clark overshot and Alabama committed to him prematurely but he could certainly be a contributor here.  He's certainly starting off with the advantage of a great last name!

 

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1 hour ago, clarkwgriswold said:

 

That some student-athletes choose to transfer isn’t news in college sports. What is proving interesting, however, is that UA’s Joe Moorhead possesses the influence, gravitas, whatever some will want to call it, to bring in athletes from Power 5 schools.

It’s becoming evident very quickly that Moorhead and his staff, all comprised of individuals who either played or coached at Power 5 schools at some point, have some powerful ties to those conferences.

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8 hours ago, AkronAlumnus said:

How many open roster spots does UA have? 

That’s a great question and one I’m not sure about. @LZIp has a running tracker, but it’s hard to know which former walk-ons are now on scholarship. There is an 85 scholarship limit for 2022 and we can bring in 32 players on scholarship for this year’s recruiting class. Probably means we will have some players transfer out soon.

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7 minutes ago, catdaddyp said:

That’s a great question and one I’m not sure about. @LZIp has a running tracker, but it’s hard to know which former walk-ons are now on scholarship. There is an 85 scholarship limit for 2022 and we can bring in 32 players on scholarship for this year’s recruiting class. Probably means we will have some players transfer out soon.

Right now I'm showing us at 85 with the potential of I believe 4 more additions (but would need a player to leave for each addition since we are at 85). I want to double check the 2022 additions and position listings and then will post tomorrow and hopefully we can get a mod to pin it like you mentioned before.

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