Bowden Announces 2013 Zips Football Signees

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AKRON, Ohio
Second-year head coach Terry Bowden announced on Wednesday that 18 student-athletes have signed national letters of intent to play football at The University of Akron.

The newest group of Zips includes three junior college players already enrolled and attending school at UA. The class is represented by seven states, and headlined by seven Ohioans.

Akron added plenty of help to its offensive and defensive line, as well as its linebacking corps. Six members of the class are designated as linemen (four on offense and two on defense) and four are linebackers.

The Zips begin spring practice on Tuesday, April 2 and their annual Spring Game will be held on Saturday, April 27 at InfoCision Stadium – Summa Field.

 Mykel Traylor-Bennett    WR
 6-4  200   Fr.   Reynoldsburg, Ohio/Reynoldsburg HS
 2/6/13 at 7:17 a.m.
 Cedric Brittnum 
 OL  6-6  330  Jr.  Chicago, Ill./Asa Community College
 1/14/13 (start of semester)
 Stephen Ericksen   OL
 6-4  285  Fr.  Sherrodsville, Ohio/Carrollton HS  2/6/13 at 8:02 a.m.
 Lavonne Gauthney   DL
 6-2  300   Fr.   Reynoldsburg, Ohio/Hargrave Military Academy  2/6/13 at 7:17 a.m.
 Zach Guiser   S  6-1  205  Fr.  Fayette City, Pa./Grnsbrg Central Catholic HS  2/6/13 at 9:55 a.m.
 Mikee Hayes 
 CB  5-11  180  Fr.  Ocala, Fla./West Port HS
 2/6/13 at 8:56 a.m.
 Keontae Hollis   DL  6-2  285  Jr.  Pontiac, Mich./Iowa Central Community College
 2/6/13 at 8:44 a.m.
 Michael Kish   OL   6-5   260   Fr.   Pittsburgh, Pa./Brentwood HS   2/6/13 at 7:36 a.m.
 Ryan Kortokrax   OL   6-4  285  Fr.   Haviland, Ohio/Wayne Trace HS   2/6/13 at 7:28 a.m.
 Jerome Lane   LB  6-4  210  Fr.  Akron, Ohio/Firestone HS  2/6/13 at 11:36 a.m.
 Anthony Lauro   RB/WR  5-10  195  Fr.  Bradenton, Fla./Manatee HS  2/6/13 at 11:03 a.m.
 C.J. Mizell   LB  6-2  235  Jr.  Tallahassee, Fla./Washington State  2/6/13 at 11:38 a.m.
 Deon'Tae Moore   LB  6-4  205  Fr.  Akron, Ohio/Kenmore HS  2/6/13 at 8:11 a.m.
 Emmanuel "Manny" Morgan 
 RB  5-9  190  Fr.  Naples, Fla./Naples HS
 2/6/13 at 9:24 a.m.
 Jon Shelby 
 LB  6-1  210  Jr.  Brockton, Mass./Nassau Community College  1/14/13 (start of semester)
 Donte Williams 
 CB  5-10  175  Jr.
 Greenbelt, Md./Asa Community College
 1/14/13 (start of semester)
 Austin Wolf   WR  6-4  200  Fr.  Lebanon, Ohio/Lebanon HS  2/6/13 at 8:19 a.m.
 Thomas Woodson   QB  6-2  225  Fr.  Monroeville, Pa./Gateway Senior HS  2/6/13 at 9:20 a.m.


2013 Zips Football Signing Class Player Profiles:


Mykel Traylor-Bennett
Pos: WR
Height: 6-4
Weight: 200
Hometown: Reynoldsburg, Ohio
High School: Reynoldsburg HS

As a senior, posted 20 catches for 355 yards and four touchdowns, and had 11 carries for 44 yards … also returned punts and kickoffs … credited with five punt returns for 116 yards and eight kickoff returns for 229 yards … during his junior year, had 24 catches for 492 yards and four TDs and carried the ball 44 times for 249 yards and five TDs … born Nov. 12, 1994.

Cedric Brittnum
Pos: OL
Height: 6-6
Weight: 330
Hometown: Chicago, Ill.
Previous School/High School: Asa Community College (N.Y.)/Simeon Career
Academy

Enrolled at Akron in January and will participate in spring practice … has two seasons of eligibility remaining.

Competed at Asa CC in 2012 … played at the guard, tackle and center positions … starter in every game … program closed out the 2012 season ranked fifth in the NJCAA poll, after posting a 9-1 record and making the program's first ever bowl appearance (Carrier Dome Bowl) … part of an offense that closed the season ranked tied for 11th nationally in total offense per game (435.3) and fifth in rushing yards per game (250.8) … didn't concentrate on football until his senior year of high school … competed in basketball as well … also attended Arizona Western College in Yuma, Ariz. … born May 4, 1992.

Stephen Ericksen
Pos: OL
Height: 6-4
Weight: 285
Hometown: Sherrodsville, Ohio
High School: Carrollton HS

First-Team Division III pick as a senior … named Carrollton's lineman of the year as a junior … also played basketball … First-Team District 5 and District 5 Player of the Year in basketball as a junior … Second-Team District 5 and Second-Team Eastern District in basketball as a sophomore … National Honor Society member … born April 20, 1995.

Lavonne Gauthney
Pos: DL
Height: 6-2
Weight: 300
Hometown: Reynoldsburg, Ohio
Previous School/High School: Hargrave Military Academy (Va.)/Reynoldsburg HS

Competed at Hargrave Military Academy in 2012 ... Hargrave does not keep stats … as a senior at Reynoldsburg HS, tallied 46 tackles, nine tackles-for-loss and 3.5 sacks … Special Mention All-OCC ... also competed in track and field (shot put and discus) … born Feb. 4, 1994.

Zach Guiser
Pos: S
Height: 6-1
Weight: 205
Hometown: Fayette City, Pa.
High School: Greensburg Central Catholic HS

Second-Team Class AA as a senior … as a junior, posted 85 tackles, two interceptions and 12 pass breakups … had 21 rushes for 326 yards and four touchdowns … credited with 16 interceptions … born Jan. 14, 1995.

Mikee Hayes
Pos: CB
Height: 5-11
Weight: 180
Hometown: Ocala, Fla.
High School: West Port HS

Played running back, cornerback and also returned kicks and punts … also competed in track … ran third leg of school's 4x100 relay team that won state … ran the 100-meter dash … born May 11, 1993.

Keontae Hollis
Pos: DL
Height: 6-2
Weight: 285
Hometown: Pontiac, Mich.
High School: Iowa Central Community College/Pontiac HS

Has two years of eligibility remaining.

Competed at Iowa Central CC during the 2012 season (sophomore) … Credited with 67 tackles, including 33 solo stops … responsible for seven sacks (24 yards) and nine tackles-for-loss … forced one fumble and recovered one fumble … spent his freshman season (2011) of eligibility at Grand Rapids CC …  tallied three tackles … had 0.5 sacks and one tackle for a loss … born Aug. 6, 1991.  

Michael Kish
Pos: OL
Height: 6-5
Weight: 260
Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
High School: Brentwood HS

Competed as a defensive end and tight end for the Spartans … as a senior had eight catches for 150 yards and two touchdowns … as a junior posted 11 receptions for 151 yards and two TDs … also played basketball for Brentwood … born Jan. 16, 1995.

Ryan Kortokrax
Pos: OL
Height: 6-4
Weight: 285
Hometown: Haviland, Ohio
High School: Wayne Trace HS

Third-Team Division V as a senior when Raiders went 9-1 overall and 7-0 in the Green Meadows Conference as a senior offensive lineman … ankle injury cost him the majority of his junior season … also played basketball and ran track ... born March 29, 1994.

Jerome Lane
Pos: LB
Height: 6-4
Weight: 210
Hometown: Akron, Ohio
High School: Firestone HS

As a junior in 2011, rushed for 151 yards on 49 carries … also competed in basketball ... father, Jerome, was a first-round NBA draft pick in 1988 and became famous for shattering a glass backboard while playing for Pittsburgh … born March 9, 1996.

Anthony Lauro
Pos: RB/WR
Height: 5-10
Weight: 195
Hometown: Bradenton, Fla.
High School: Manatee HS

As a senior in 2012, had 12 carries for 90 yards and two touchdowns … credited with 14 catches for 128 yards and one TD … suffered a season-ending ACL injury in September … in 2011 as a junior was an Honorable Mention Class 7A all-state selection … carried the ball 82 times for 631 yards in helping his team make a state-championship run … found the end zone eight times on the ground … 51 catches for 607 yards and 6 TDs … also returned kicks … father, Tony, played fullback at Akron (1984-86) when current UA head coach Terry Bowden was an assistant for the
Zips in 1986 … born Nov. 6, 1994.

C.J. Mizell
Pos: LB
Height: 6-2
Weight: 230
Hometown: Tallahassee, Fla.
Previous School/High School: Washington State/Leon HS

Current attending Tallahassee Community College, but is not competing in football … spent freshman and sophomore seasons (2010, 2011) at Washington State … played in 10 games (nine starts) as a sophomore … fourth on team with 56 tackles (35 solo stops) … recorded two sacks, forced two fumbles and recovered two fumbles … as a freshman, played in 11 games (six starts) … finished fourth on the team with 57 total tackles (42 solo), second most among freshmen in the Pacific-10 Conference … attended Coffee County HS in Georgia as a freshman and sophomore … transferred to Leon HS in Tallahassee, Fla., for his junior year and did not participate in football … as a senior, registered 131 tackles (87 solo), including 26 tackles-for-loss and 12.5 sacks … also recorded 14 forced fumbles and had six fumble recoveries … named first-team all-state (4A) and was a finalist for the high school Butkus Award … came out of high school as a Prep Star All-American … four-star recruit according to Scout.com, and was rated No. 5 nationally at his position … was also a four-star recruit according to Rivals.com, and was rated No. 19 at his position nationally and No. 45 overall in the state of Florida … rated No. 25 at his position nationally by ESPN.com … born March 12, 1991.

Deon'Tae Moore
Pos: LB
Height: 6-4
Weight: 205
Hometown: Akron, Ohio
High School: Kenmore HS

First-Team All-Northeast Ohio, All-Northeast Ohio Defensive Player of the Year, first-team all-state, All-State Division II Defensive Player of the Year ... Second-Team Division II and City Series Defensive Player of the Year as a senior ... as a senior, posted 98 tackles (56 solo), 10 sacks, four forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and one interception … had 12 receptions for 253 yards and two touchdowns, and gained 27 yards rushing on four carries … as a junior, had 73 tackles, 16 tackles-for-loss, 14 sacks, forced five fumbles and recovered two … blocked three kicks and one punt … had six pass breakups … received Associated Press All-Ohio and All-Northeast Ohio Inland District honors in Division II as a junior and senior … born Nov. 10, 1994.

Emmanuel "Manny" Morgan
Pos: RB
Height: 5-9
Weight: 190
Hometown: Naples, Fla.
High School: Naples HS

Three-year varsity letterwinner … finished his career with 4,546 rushing yards, second most in the history of the program … rushed for 2,069 yards on 245 carries and 25 touchdowns as a senior … Class 6A all-state first-team honoree as a senior … Golden Eagles were regional champions in 2012 … had 1,321 yards on 155 carries and eight TDs as a junior … born Feb. 11, 1994.

Jon Shelby
Pos: LB
Height: 6-1
Weight: 210
Hometown: Brockton, Mass.
Previous School/High School: Nassau Community College (N.Y.)/Brockton HS

Enrolled at Akron in January and will participate in spring practice … has two seasons of eligibility remaining.

Signed with Kansas in June 2012, but never competed for the Jayhawks and left the program for personal reasons in August … played in 21 games during his two-year career at Nassau CC (2010, 2011) … helped lead the Lions to a 19-2 mark, including an 11-0 record in 2010 and a No. 3 NJCAA final ranking … collected 82 tackles, 59 of which were solo stops, during his two seasons at NCC … also recorded 12 tackles-for-loss, two sacks, two pass breakups and one fumble recovery … All-Northeast Conference first-team member in 2011 … averaged 20 tackles per game his senior season at Brockton HS … also had four sacks and three fumble recoveries … earned Big Three All-Star Honors … also competed in track … born Aug. 11, 1991.

Austin Wolf
Pos: WR
Height: 6-4
Weight: 200
Hometown: Lebanon, Ohio
High School: Lebanon HS

Associated Press all-district, second-team all-state and Second-Team Division I as a senior when he had 46 catches for 1,024 yards and 16 touchdowns … that receiving yardage set the school's single-season record … as a junior, had 32 receptions for 663 yards and four TDs … born Oct. 12, 1994.

Donte Williams
Pos: CB
Height: 5-10
Weight: 175
Hometown: Green Belt, Md.
Previous School/High School: Asa Community College (N.Y.)/Eleanor Roosevelt HS

Enrolled at Akron in January and will participate in spring practice … has two seasons of eligibility remaining.

Played two seasons at Asa Community College in Brooklyn, N.Y. (2011, 2012) … finished his sophomore season with 13 tackles (nine solo), one interception, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and seven pass breakups … also returned kicks (four returns, 51 yards) … program closed out the 2012 season ranked fifth in the NJCAA poll, after posting a 9-1 record and making the program's first ever bowl appearance (Carrier Dome Bowl) … competed in football and track at Eleanor Roosevelt HS in Greenbelt, Md. … born Aug. 24, 1992.

Thomas Woodson
Pos: QB
Height: 6-2
Weight: 225
Hometown: Monroeville, Pa.
High School: Gateway Senior HS

Three-year varsity starter … as a senior, completed 118-of-204 passes for a school-record 2,395 yards, 23 touchdowns and four interceptions … had 60 carries for 237 yards and three scores … during his junior season, completed 93-of-202 passes for 1,362 yards, 12 TDs and 11 INTs, and helped the Gators to a WPIAL AAAA semifinal finish … had 118 carries for 469 yards and five TDs … born July 31, 1994.