Overview Akron welcomes twenty four newcomers, 23 recruits and one four-year transfer from the University of Minnesota. The Zips signed 11 players for offense, twelve for defense and one kicking specialist. Running back, offensive line and receivers were addressed on offense while the defense picked up four prospects each at DL, LB and DB. Ten players come from Florida, four from Ohio, three from Virginia and Pennsylvania and one each from Georgia, Maryland, Illinois and Texas. Eight prospects were listed by at least one recruiting publication as being nationally ranked within their respected position.
Fort Worth (TX) Nolan Catholic
Virginia Beach (VA) Cox
Lakeland (FL) Jenkins
Waldorf (MD) Westlake
Jacksonville (FL) Potter House Christian
Belle Glade (FL) Central
Pittsburgh (PA) Penn Hills
Columbus (OH) Brookhaven
Fairfax (VA) St. Johns
Columbus (OH) - Minnesota trans.
Reading (PA) Exeter Township
East Pointe (GA) Tri-Cities
North Miami (FL) North
Lake Wales (FL)
Chicago (IL) Roosevelt
Ft. Lauderdale (FL) Valley Forge M.A.
Quincy (FL) Dodge City CC
Pittsburgh (PA) Woodland Hills
Tampa (FL) Riverview
Pembroke Pines (FL) Flanagan
Pembroke Pines (FL) Flanagan
Warrenville Hts (OH)
Virginia Beach (VA) Kempsville
Hakes is a southpaw from Texas who led his prep team to consecutive state titles – listed as a Texas top-100 prospect and a top-50 QB prospect in the nation by one recruiting service. Hakes picked Akron over reported offers from Colorado State, Bowling Green and Ole’ Miss.
Boone is a speedster with reported 4.4/40 speed. In his four year high school career, Andre has rushed for 3,660 yards and has scored 36 touchdowns. Boone is ranked as the #22 player in the state of Virginia's Class of 2006 by VirginiaPreps.com, is rated the #36 running back in the country by Rivals.com. He picked Akron over Wake Forest and Marshall. Dennis is a big back from Florida and rushed for over 1,100 yards as a senior. Reed has reported 4.3/40 speed and is listed as a top-25 prospect from Maryland and one publication had him listed as a top-100 RB in the nation. Reed picked Akron over Cincinnati, Illinois, Marshall and Temple.
Harvey is a real steal for the Zips as he was one of the most heavily recruited players last year and ranked as the nation's #16 receiving prospect. However, he didn't have his academics in order and was forced to sit out this past season. Henderson is a tall and deceptively speedy receiver from Florida who is rated as a top-100 WR prospect in the country. Henderson picked Akron over offers from Ohio, UCF & USF. Brown is a Floridian who will be playing in that state’s all-star game after averaging nearly 20-yards per reception as a senior and scoring seven TDs.
Jackson is the plum recruit for Akron and the highest rated player in this class – picking Akron over Marshall, WVU and Michigan State. Jackson is rated by Rivals as the #19 overall rated prospect in Ohio and #7 offensive center in the country. Ward earned all area honors in Virginia and picked Akron over Delaware. Sekinger is huge at 6-9, 340-pounds and will sit out this season as a transfer from Minnesota. He is originally from Columbus Westland High. Woods earned all area honors in Pennsylvania and could end up as either an offensive guard or a defensive tackle.
Cline had over 60 tackles as a senior and seven QB sacks earning all-metro honors - picked Akron over Memphis, Tulane and UCF. Petit-Frer is a speed DE prospect from Miami (FL) who recorded 14 QB sacks as a senior. Blake Smith is from Chicago and drew interest from Kansas State after recording 22 QB sacks as a senior. Stoudemire is from Florida and earned all area honors.
Baker is a JUCO who is expected to play right away and has reported 4.5/40 speed. Baker earned 1st team all-American honors at Dodge City CC and is originally from Quincy (FL). Derron Smith is from Pittsburgh and picked AU over several other MAC offers and recorded 118 tackles and 12 sacks as a senior. Williams earned all county honors in Tampa and has reported 4.4/40 speed; picked Akron over USF and UCF. Magloire comes to Akron from Valley Forge Prep near Philadelphia but is originally from Florida, recorded 19 ½ QB sacks in prep school last season.
Cobham decommitted from Western Michigan and pledged Akron – he rushed for 530 yards as a senior and scored five TDs. From his safety position he recorded 76 tackles, picked off three passes, forced three fumbles and recovered two and he blocked two punts. Davis is a high school teammate of Cobham - decommitted from Central Michigan and picked Akron while also receiving an offer from Illinois. Kabir earned all area accolades in the Cleveland area has reported 4.4/40 speed. Barnes is from Virginia and has 4.4/40 speed.
Iveljic is the #21 rated kicker in country by one recruiting service - had 11 touchbacks on kickoffs. He was one for one from 50-plus yards and is very reliable inside the 40, missing only one kick.
It was truly an incredible year for JD Brookhart and his Zips. Several publications listed his 2005 recruiting class #1 in the MAC and he guided Akron to their first ever MAC championship and a bowl game this fall. The magic carpet ride continues as Akron has been rated the top MAC recruiting class in almost every published source, including VanDelaySports. The Zips signed speed, size and talent at every position and certainly rates as OUTSTANDING compared to the other conference schools this year.