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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
10:53 a.m. Christian Allen, a 6-2, 247, FB/DL, from West Virginia's
Morgantown High School just sent in his
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.
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
10:39 a.m. A quick interview with assistant coach/recruiting
coordinator John Pont on this season's recruiting
Kevin Mills, 6-5, 275, OL from Canton McKinley High School has
We just taped a video interview with recruiting coordinator John
Pont. It will be posted shortly.
Akron Beacon Journal sports writer and UA Athletics beat writer
George Thomas has embedded himself with the staff today.
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
A video interview with QBs coach A.J. Milwee will be posted
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!
Steve Franco, a 6-2, 185, QB from Tyrone Senior High School in
Pa., has just been added to the signing day roster.
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:
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.
The day's third signee is now official ... Bryan Green, 5-10, 195,
RB from Farmington HS in Michigan is now in the fold.
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
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."
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.
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
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
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