Bowden Announces 2014 Zips Football Signees
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AKRON, Ohio – Third-year University of Akron football head coach Terry Bowden announced on Wednesday the addition of 13 student-athletes to the program, 12 who signed a National Letter of Intent.
The newest group of Zips is headlined by five Ohioans, including three from Akron area high schools. The class also consists of two players currently enrolled and attending class at UA. One of those early enrollees is a junior college transfer, one of two JUCO players to ink an NLI today.
Akron added heavily to its offensive and defensive lines as well as to its secondary. Six members of the class are designated as linemen (four on defense, two on offense) and four as either a safety, cornerback or defensive back.
The Zips begin spring practice on Monday, March 17 and their annual Spring Game will be held on Saturday, April 19 at InfoCision Stadium – Summa Field.
As previously announced, Akron's non-conference schedule in 2014 features home games against Howard on Aug. 28 and Marshall on Sept. 20, along with away contests at Penn State (Sept. 6) and Pittsburgh (Sept. 27).
The Zips will play host to Bowling Green, Eastern Michigan, Massachusetts and Miami (Ohio) at InfoCision Stadium – Summa Field this fall. UA's away contests include visits to Ball State, Buffalo, neighborhood rival and PNC Wagon Wheel Challenge foe Kent State, and Ohio.
2014 Signing Class Roster:
|Name||Pos.||Ht.||Wt.||Hometown / Previous School / High School|
|Jamal Baggett||S||5-11||185||Oak Park, Ill. / River Forest HS|
|Brock Boxen||DL||6-2||250||New Galilee, Pa. / Beaver Falls HS|
|Scott Boyett||OL||6-7||315||Dania, Fla. / Santa Rosa (Calif.) JC / South Broward HS|
|| Boynton Beach, Fla. / Boynton HS
|| St. Petersburg, Fla. / Gibbs HS
|| Akron, Ohio / Buchtel HS
|Blake Dennis||WR||5-11||175||Orrville, Ohio / Orrville HS|
|| Ridgeland, Miss. / Holmes (Miss.) CC / Ridgeland HS
|| Akron, Ohio / St. Vincent-St. Mary HS
|| Beaver Falls, Pa. / Blackhawk HS
|Kyle Ritz|| OL
|| Willoughby, Ohio / Willoughby HS
|| Hialeah, Fla. / Champagnat Catholic HS
||Akron, Ohio / St. Vincent-St. Mary HS|
2014 Signing Class Student-Athlete Profiles:
Watch highlights of Jamal Baggett
Hometown: Oak Park, Ill.
High School: River Forest HS
Named first team all-conference as a senior when his team posted a 9-2 record (most wins since 1992) … as a junior, recorded 33 tackles, made nine pass breakups and had one interception … two-time all-state performer in track and field … cousins, Terry Baggett and Lance Baggett, both play football at Army … born Dec. 21, 1995.
Watch highlights of Brock Boxen
Hometown: New Galilee, Pa.
High School: Beaver Falls HS
Rated a three-star recruit by Rivals.com … Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Pittsburgh Tribune-Review All-WPIAL Class AA Midwestern as a senior … born Dec. 28, 1995.
Watch highlights of Scott Boyett
Hometown: Dania, Fla.
Previous School/High School: Santa Rosa (Calif.) JC / South Broward HS
Has two seasons of eligibility remaining after transferring from Santa Rosa JC in Santa Rosa, Calf. … SRJC competed in the Golden Valley Bowl in 2013 … attended South Broward HS in Hollywood, Fla., where he was a four-year starter on the offensive line for the Bulldogs … Florida Sun-Sentinel first team all-county selection as a senior in 2010 … born Dec. 28, 1992.
Watch highlights of Kyron Brown
Hometown: Boynton Beach, Fla.
High School: Boynton Beach HS
Tallied 50 tackles, six interceptions (returned one for a touchdown), 32 pass deflections, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and one sack as a senior … born May 26, 1996.
Watch highlights of Undrea Bullard
Hometown: St. Petersburg, Fla.
High School: Gibbs HS
First team All-Pinellas County as a senior when he had 42 tackles, 14 tackles for loss, eight sacks and two recovered fumbles … Pinellas County All-Star as a senior … also played basketball … basketball team combined for a 28-5 record during his junior and senior seasons … born May 27, 1995.
Watch highlights of Anthony Clark
Hometown: Akron, Ohio
High School: Buchtel HS
Rated as a three-star recruit by both Rivals.com and ESPN.com … two-year starter at Buchtel HS as a guard/tackle on offense and end on defense … as a senior, made 64 tackles, eight tackles for loss, six sacks and one interception … credited with 35 tackles and 12 sacks as a junior … prior to competing for Buchtel, was a one-year starter at Coventry HS … born April 25, 1995.
Hometown: Orrville, Ohio
High School: Orrville HS
Expected to enroll at UA in January 2015.
Four-year varsity starter … selected for OHSFCA North-South Classic All-Star Game as a senior … made 31 catches as a junior … also competed in basketball and track … born June 6, 1995.
Watch highlights of Kris Givens
Hometown: Ridgeland, Miss.
Previous School/High School: Holmes (Miss.) CC / Ridgeland HS
Enrolled at Akron in January and will participate in spring practice … has two seasons of eligibility remaining.
Competed at Holmes CC in 2012-13 … second team all-state both seasons … MACJC All-Star as a sophomore when he had 39 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, one forced fumble, one recovered fumble, four interceptions and three pass breakups … as a freshman, had 35 tackles, three recovered fumbles, six INTs and 13 PBUs … attended Ridgeland HS in Ridgeland, Miss. … credited with 83 tackles (35 unassisted), five INTs, four recovered fumbles and two blocked field goals as a high school senior … during his junior year, tallied 98 tackles (52 unassisted), five INTs, two recovered fumbles and four blocked field goals … also returned kickoffs and punts … born Feb. 16, 1994.
Watch highlights of Travonte Junius
Hometown: Akron, Ohio
High School: St. Vincent-St. Mary HS
Helped St. V-M to a Division III state championship as a junior and senior … as a senior, had 62 tackles, 17 sacks, 16 tackles for loss, three interceptions (returned one for a touchdown) … also recovered one fumble and returned it for a TD, and forced one fumble as a senior … as a junior, had 67 tackles, 12 sacks, 15 TFLs, eight forced fumbles and two INTs … also competed in basketball, and track and field for the Irish … born Nov. 9, 1995.
Watch highlights of Chandler Kincade
Hometown: Beaver Falls, Pa.
High School: Blackhawk HS
Completed high school early and enrolled at Akron in January … will participate in spring practice.
Rated as a three-star recruit by Rivals.com … as a senior, name first team pre-season all-state and played in the Chesapeake Bowl all-star game … completed 58-of-110 passes for 727 yards and six touchdowns during his senior year … as a junior, completed 154-of-245 passes for 2,220 yards and 16 TDs … those were the eighth-most yards among all WPIAL and City League players … first-team all-section and named to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Fab 22 as a junior … also played basketball and was a first-team all-section and all-conference pick … born July 21, 1995.
Watch highlights of Kyle Ritz
Hometown: Willoughby, Ohio
High School: Willoughby South HS
Named first team All-Ohio, first team Northeast Ohio All-Lake District and a first team News-Herald All-Star as a senior ... credited with 22 pancake blocks during his senior campaign ... received second team Northeast Ohio All-Lake District and second team News-Herald All-Star honors following his junior season when the team posted a 10-1 record ... MaxPreps Freshman All-American ... born Oct. 12, 1995.
Watch highlights of Jason Williams
Hometown: Hialeah, Fla.
High School: Champagnat Catholic HS
Second team All-Dade County as a senior, when he posted 45 tackles, eight pass breakups and five interceptions … third team all-county as a junior … responsible for 50 tackles, 12 PBUs and five INTs during his junior year … born April 26, 1995.
Watch highlights of Newman Williams
Hometown: Akron, Ohio
High School: St. Vincent-St. Mary HS
St. V-M won a Division III state championship his junior and senior year … played both linebacker and fullback for the Irish … during his senior year, credited with 125 tackles, 21 tackles for loss, two interceptions (one for a touchdown) and two fumble recoveries (one returned for a TD) … as a junior, made 117 tackles to go with four INTs and two recovered fumbles … also played basketball … born Nov. 9, 1995.