2012 Akron Football Signing Day



Follow the Akron Zips on Signing Day with our live blog. Please refresh your browser for the most up-to-date information.

4:40 p.m.
Coach Bowden is on his way over to InfoCision Stadium – Summa Field's 7th level. Press conference in 20 minutes. Here's the link to watch today's live stream!

4:15 p.m.
With today's signing class set at 21, we are 45 minutes away from Coach Bowden's press conference live from the 7th floor at InfoCision Stadium – Summa Field. This event is open to the public so if you are around, feel free to come check it out.

After the press conference, head over to the JAR where the first-place men's basketball team will host Toledo at 7 p.m.

1:37 p.m.
Safeties coach Mike Woodford gives his thoughts on this year's signing day.



1:30 p.m.
Offensive line coach Alan Arrington stops by to give his thoughts on this year's committments.



1:24 p.m.
Running backs coach Trent Boykin gives his insights into this year's running back recruiting class.



1:12 p.m.
Cornerbacks coach Terrell Buckley talks about this year's recruiting class.



1:05 p.m.
With the addition of Wade Edwards ... 5-10, 170, RB, from Florida's Armwood High School ... and Jason Stargel ... 6-4, 225, DE, from Walnut Hills High in Cincinnati ... the Zips Signing Day list is complete.!




12:56 p.m.
Keionne Baines makes the count 19 signees thus far ... he's a 5-11, 220, LB, from Florida's Armwood High School. 



12:45 p.m.
Video interview with assistant coach Todd Stroud.



12:41 p.m.
Another RB is on the list ... Conor Hundley, 5-11, 210, from St. Xavier HS in Hamilton, Ohio.



12:35 p.m.
Josh Smith, 6-2, 185, CB, from Western Hills High School in Cincinnati just sent in his letter of intent ... as did Jatavis Brown, 6-1, 190, LB, out of Florida's Glades Central High School.





12:16 p.m.
We're in the process of taping more video interviews with members of Bowden's coaching staff. Stay tuned.

11:34 a.m.
Imani Davis is now a Zip ... he's a 5-10, 170, CB, from Belen Jesuit Prep ... the second signee for UA from that school this year.



11:25 a.m.
The 14th signee of the day is in ... Alfonso Horner, 6-3, 215, DE, from Belen Jesuit Prep in Florida is official. 



11:23 a.m.
Associate head coach Chuck Amato talks about this year's signing class and how the new players will impact the squad next season.



11:20 a.m.
For those of you scoring at home ... the UA Signing Day roster has just hit a baker's dozen.

11:13 a.m.
Two more NLIs have come across the fax machine ... Arlington McClinton, 6-6, 230, DE, from Ohio's Midview High ... John Rachal, 6-2, 210, LB, from Dillard High in Florida.  




11:09 a.m.
Michael Casimos, 6-4, 280, OL, from Don Bosco Prep in New Jersey is now official.



11:06 a.m.

 Stay tuned ... a video interview with associate head coach Chuck Amato was just taped and will be posted shortly.

10:53 a.m.
Christian Allen, a 6-2, 247, FB/DL, from West Virginia's Morgantown High School just sent in his NLI. 



10:50 a.m.
The UA men's basketball team, which boasts the best record in the MAC, plays host to Toledo tonight at 7 p.m. at Rhodes Arena. Good tickets are still available. Read the game preview.

10:48 a.m.
Don't miss coach's Signing Day press conference at 5 p.m. ET. The event will be held on the seventh floor of InfoCision Stadium – Summa Field. It's open to the public and will be streamed live right here on GoZips.com.

10:43 a.m.

We are happy to report that we have had over 1,400 visitors to today's Signing Day blog. UA Athletics thanks you. More content to come.

10:39 a.m.
A quick interview with assistant coach/recruiting coordinator John Pont on this season's recruiting class. 



10:37 a.m.

Kevin Mills, 6-5, 275, OL from Canton McKinley High School has officially signed.



10:21 a.m.
We just taped a video interview with recruiting coordinator John Pont. It will be posted shortly.

10:17 a.m.
Akron Beacon Journal sports writer and UA Athletics beat writer George Thomas has embedded himself with the staff today.

10:13 a.m.
Activity is picking up in the football office complex. Director of Athletics Tom Wistrcill just passed through to visit with Coach Bowden and staff. Also, Akron Beacon Journal photographer Phil Masturzo is here getting behind the scenes shots.

10:04 a.m.
Fairfield High S James Turner (6-foot-0, 190 pounds) just faxed in his NLI and is an official member of the 2012 Zips.



10:00 a.m.
North Canton's Andrew Pratt (Green HS) has signed on with the Zips. Pratt is a 6-foot-5, 205 pound WR.



9:45 a.m.
Quarterbacks coach A.J. Milwee talks about this year's recruiting class and the current depth at the quarterback position.



9:18 a.m.

A video interview with QBs coach A.J. Milwee will be posted soon.

9:09 a.m.
Nearby Hudson High's Quaison Osborne, a 6-4, 300, OL just faxed over his NLI. Welcome aboard!



8:40 a.m.
Dylan Evans, a 6-2, 190, linebacker from Penn Argyl High School in Pa., is officially an Akron Zip!



8:16 a.m.
Steve Franco, a 6-2, 185, QB from Tyrone Senior High School in Pa., has just been added to the signing day roster.



8:13 a.m.
Coach Bowden and his staff thank the over 300 people who are following our blog today. Don't miss coach's Signing Day press conference at 5 p.m. ET. The event will be held on the seventh floor of InfoCision Stadium – Summa Field. It's open to the public and will be streamed live right here on GoZips.com.

8:10 a.m.
Today's most popular office item:



8:03 a.m.

The Zips women's soccer team also plans on announcing its 2012 signing class later today. We'll alert you to that as soon as it is posted. The UA men's soccer program anticipates announcing its incoming class later in the week.

7:50 a.m.
The day's third signee is now official ... Bryan Green, 5-10, 195, RB from Farmington HS in Michigan is now in the fold.



7:47 a.m.
Curtis Black, 6-4, 330, OL, from Theodore Roosevelt High in nearby Kent is now a Zip. Read more about Curtis by clicking in the name plate below.



7:45 a.m.
Coach Bowden on Daryan Martin: "I'm very excited that Daryan Martin from Princeton High School is our first signee. He represents the type of player that Coach Amato needs on the defensive front to run his 4-3 defense."

7:30 a.m.

University of Akron Director of Athletics Tom Wistrcill shares his thoughts on the importance of signing day and everything else taking place in athletics this week in his weekly e-mail. This weekly update can be sent to you directly by signing up today to receive "Zips Line" or Zippy's "ROO-Report" by clicking HERE.

 7:08 a.m.
UA associate head coach and defensive coordinator Chuck Amato was quick to get on the phone with the day's first signee. Zips fans might like to know that Chuck is sporting very fashionable gray cowboy boots.

7:05 a.m.
Bowden's first signee at UA is in the books ... 6-4, 215, DE, Daryan Martin from Princeton High School in Cincinnati, Ohio. Click on the name plate as each signee is announced to read a thumbnail bio.



7:00 a.m. ET

Good morning Zips Nation ... it's National Signing Day 2012. The fax machine in the football office is primed and ready to receive national letters of intent for head coach Terry Bowden's first class.