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Akron Football Signs 13 Student-Athletes to National Letters of Intent

Akron Football Signs 13 Student-Athletes to National Letters of Intent

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2017 SEASON TICKETS


AKRON, Ohio — The University of Akron football program, under the leadership of sixth-year head coach Terry Bowden, signed 13 student-athletes to National Letters of Intent on Wednesday. 

This year's class features a lot of homegrown talent. Seven student-athletes list their hometowns within the state of Ohio, five from the City of Akron and two within a 20-mile radius of campus.

Additionally, four incoming Zips hail from the Florida, one signee calls Virginia home, and one hails from Texas. 

One of the signees— redshirt sophomore QB Nick Johns (Leesburg, Va.)— enrolled in classes in January 2017.  

The signing class also features several high school teammates.  Defensive lineman DeAndre Brimage and RB Jemarulin Suggs attend Akron's East High School, while DL Eric Bentley and WR Malik Wooldridge hail from St. Vincent-St. Mary High School. 

Akron begins spring practice on March 10.  The Zips, who return 53 letterwinners and 12 starters, open the 2017 season at Penn State on Sept. 2.

Season ticket plans—which include a ticket to all six home games as well as a parking pass–  start at only $60 each. Renewals (for current season ticket holders) and new seats are now available for purchase by calling 1-888-99-AKRON (25766) or visiting The C.P. and Cornelia S. Chima Athletics Ticket Office at InfoCision Stadium - Summa Field (located at 375 E. Exchange Street, near Gate 1 at the southwest corner of the venue, at the corner of E. Exchange and S. Union streets) during business hours (Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.). 

Current season ticket holders will be receiving an invoice in the mail in late February.  The renewal deadline is June 15.  Payment plans are available.

 

2017 Akron Football National Letter of Intent Signees


 Eric Bentley 
 Fr.
 DL  6-2
 244
 Akron, Ohio | St. Vincent-St. Mary HS
 2/1/17 at 9:04 a.m.
 Kobie Booker
 Fr.  TE  6-0  273 Barberton, Ohio | Barberton HS
 2/1/17 at 11:25 a.m.
 DeAndre Brimage
 Fr.
 DL  6-0  276  Akron, Ohio | East HS
 2/1/17 at 9:04 a.m.
 Dustin Burkhart
 Fr.
 WR  6-0  188
 Akron, Ohio | Coventry HS
 2/1/17 at 7:57 a.m.
 Hunter Corne
 Fr.  OL  6-4  292  Dunnellon, Fla. | Dunnellon HS
 2/1/17 at 8:38
 Reggie Corner, Jr.
 Fr.
 S  5-9
 200
 Canton, Ohio | McKinley HS
 2/1/17 at 9:23 a.m.
 Zaire Jacobs
 Fr.
 DB
 5-11
 185
 Fort Lauderdale, Fla. | St. Thomas Aquinas
 2/1/17 at 9:23 a.m.
 Nick Johns $
 R-So.
 QB
 6-3
 222
 Leesburg, Va. | Gonzaga HS | NE Okla. A&M
 1/17/17 (start of semester)
 Jeffrey Lubin
 Fr.  DB  6-2  185  Hollywood, Fla. | South Broward HS
 2/1/17 at 11:25 a.m.
 Alex Ramart
 Fr.  QB  6-3  212  Richmond, Texas | Foster HS
 2/1/17 at 8:11 a.m.
 Jordyn Riley
 Fr.  DB  5-10  180  Citra, Fla. | North Marion HS
 2/1/17 at 9:21 a.m.
 Jemarulin Suggs
 Fr.  RB  5-11  174  Akron, Ohio | East HS
 2/1/17 at 9:04 a.m.
 Malik Wooldridge
 Fr.  WR  5-9  168  Akron, Ohio | St. Vincent-St. Mary HS  2/1/17 at 9:04 a.m.

 

$ Mid-year enrollee
 

PLAYER VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS

 

ERIC BENTLEY    

Defensive Lineman • Freshman • 6-2 • 244
Akron, Ohio | St. Vincent-St. Mary HS

High School:  2016 Associated Press Northeast Ohio Inland District Honorable Mention honoree ... played defensive end for coach Marcus Wattley at St. Vincent-St. Mary HS ... helped the Irish to a 7-5 record en route to the OHSAA Division III playoffs ... as a senior, had 73 tackles, including 35 solo stops, 14 TFL, four sacks, four forced fumbles, a fumble recovery, and 10 hurries … participated in the 2016 FBC Thanks4giving All-Star game ... 2015 Associated Press All-Ohio special mention pick as a junior.

Personal:  Joins SVSM HS teammate Malik Wooldridge as an Akron Zip.


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KOBIE BOOKER   

Tight End • Freshman • 6-0 • 273
Barberton, Ohio | Barberton HS

High School: 2016 Associated Press All-Ohio Division II second-team defense honoree … 2016 Akron Beacon Journal All-Star Team selection … played tight end, all defensive line positions, and linebacker for coach Tony Gotto at Barberton HS … three-year starter … All-District honoree … as a senior, helped Magics to an 8-3 record en route to a OHSAA Division II playoff appearance … had 93 tackles, including 66 solos stops, nine TFL, two sacks, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery, and an interception returned for a touchdown … offensively, had 21 receptions for 441 yards and eight touchdowns … also rushed for one touchdown … participated in the 2016 FBC Thanks4giving All-Star game … recipient of the Ken Sennet Award … also played basketball.

Personal:  Older cousin Dante Booker, Jr., plays linebacker at Ohio State … plans to major in sport management.


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DeANDRE BRIMAGE   

Defensive Lineman • Freshman • 6-0 • 276
Akron, Ohio | East HS

High School:  2016 Associated Press first-team Inland District selection … 2016 Akron Beacon Journal All-Star Team selection … played defensive end for coach and Zips' alum Marques Hayes at Akron East HS … second-team Associated Press All-Ohio selection … team went 8-4 his senior season en route to the OHSAA playoffs … Dragons were a perfect 6-0 in the City series … as a senior, had 51 tackles, nine sacks, 21 TFL, and two forced fumbles … returned a fumble for a touchdown … participated in the 2016 FBC Thanks4giving All-Star game … as a junior, had 63 tackles, nine sacks, 13 TFL, and three forced fumbles … also played basketball and participated in shot put.

Personal:  Younger brother Daishawn is a junior at Akron East and plays wide receiver … joins Akron East HS teammate Jemarulin Suggs as an Akron Zip.


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DUSTIN BURKHART 

Wide Receiver • Freshman • 6-0 • 188
Akron, Ohio | Coventry HS

High School:  Saw action at wide receiver and running back for coach Ed Egan at Coventry HS … also played cornerback … as a senior, had 41 receptions for 762 yards and eight touchdowns … also rushed 16 times for 96 yards and three touchdowns … returned kicks and punts … defensively, had 38 tackles and two interceptions … named to the Ohio high school stats stars during week 10 … made an 83-yard touchdown catch against Norton … named the MaxPreps Player of the Game five times as a senior … had six receptions for 98 yards and a touchdown in the air and eight carries for 32 yards and a touchdown on the ground in the win over Crestwood … added five catches for 131 yards and two touchdowns in the win over Cloverleaf … had six receptions for 98 yards and two touchdowns against Crestwood … had eight catches for 104 yards and two touchdowns against Canton South … participated in the 2016 FBC Thanks4giving All-Star game … as a junior, had 44 receptions for 881 yards and 10 touchdowns … returned kicks and punts … defensively, had 28 tackles with two interceptions and a touchdown … named the MaxPreps Player of the Game six times as a junior … also played basketball and participated in track … competed in the 100 and 200 meters, long jump, and 400 relay.

Personal:  Nickname is Dusty.


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HUNTER CORNE 

Offensive Lineman • Freshman • 6-4 • 292
Dunnellon, Fla. | Dunnellon HS

High School:  Played all three positions for coach Price Harris at Dunnellon HS … three-year starter … 2016 Associated Press second-team All-State honoree … helped the Tigers to a 9-2 record as a senior en route to a Florida state playoff appearance … participated in the North-South All-Star FACA Football Classic … as a junior, earned Honorable Mention All-State honors after helping the team to its first unbeaten regular season since 2002 … All-Region and first-team All-County selection … also played basketball.

 

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REGGIE CORNER, Jr. 

Safety • Freshman • 5-9 • 200
Canton, Ohio | McKinley HS

High School:  First-team All-USA Ohio Team honoree … 2016 Associated Press All-Northeast Island Defensive Player of the Year and first-team Inland District selection … 2016 Akron Beacon Journal All-Star Team selection … team captain ... three-year starter for coach Dan Reardon at Canton's McKinley HS … played linebacker and strong safety … father was position coach … as a senior, first-team All-Ohio, first-team All-Stark County, first-team all-Northeast Ohio … Stark County Defensive Player of the Year … had 188 tackles, including 62 solo stops, five TFL, two forced fumbles, and two interceptions … returned both interceptions for touchdowns … helped team to the OHSAA Division I playoffs … as a junior, first-team All-Ohio, Stark County Defensive Player of the Year, and first-team All-Stark County honoree.

Personal:  Son of former Zip (2004-07) and NFL star Reggie Corner, Sr., and Yvonne Smalls … father played cornerback for the Zips that won the 2005 MAC Championship and played in the Motor City Bowl … selected by the Buffalo Bills in the fourth round of the 2008 NFL Draft … played in the NFL for five seasons … plans to study business.


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ZAIRE JACOBS  

Defensive Back • Freshman • 5-11 • 185
Fort Lauderdale, Fla. | St. Thomas Aquinas HS

High School:  Played safety for coach Roger Harriott at Saint Thomas Aquinas HS … helped team to three consecutive state championships (2014-16) … team went 13-2 his senior season … participated in the Public vs. Private All-Star game … also lettered in track … competed in the 200 meters.

Personal: Played HS football with current Zip Alvin Davis.


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NICK JOHNS  

Quarterback • Redshirt Sophomore • 6-3 • 222
Leesburg, Va. | Gonzaga HS | Northeastern Oklahoma A&M

Enrolled at Akron in January 2017 … has three years of eligibility remaining.

College: Spent the 2016 season at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M Junior College … three-star JUCO recruit … in 10 games, went 178-of-306 for 2,243 yards and 16 touchdowns … redshirted as a true freshman at Virginia (2015).    

High School:  Played quarterback for coach Randy Trivers at Gonzaga HS in Washington, D.C. … three-star recruit by ESPN.com, Scout.com, Rivals.com, and 247Sports … as a senior, completed 66 percent (101-of-155) of his passes for 1,366 yards and 12 touchdowns to help Gonzaga win the city championship … participated in the Offensive-Defensive Senior Bowl … as a junior, threw for 963 yards and five touchdowns in six games before missing the remainder of the season with an injury.  

 

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JEFFREY LUBIN   

Defensive Back • Freshman • 6-2 • 185
Hollywood, Fla. | South Broward HS

High School:  Three-star recruit by Scout … played cornerback for coach Devon Georgia at South Broward HS … Bulldogs went 6-3 en route to the district playoffs … played wide receiver as a sophomore … also a two-year letterwinner in track … participated in the 100 meters, 200 meters, and 4x100 relay … earned the Perfect Attendance Award.

Personal:  Born October 30, 1998 … plans to major in sports management.


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ALEX RAMART  

Quarterback • Freshman • 6-3 • 212
Richmond, Texas | Foster HS

High School: Three-year starter for coach Shaun McDowell at Foster HS … pro-style quarterback … finished prep career with 6,083 passing yards and 79 touchdowns … helped team to a 14-1 record en route to an appearance in the semifinals … as a senior, went 221-of-315 for 3,496 yards and 42 touchdowns … as a junior, went 179-of-316 for 2,587 yards and 32 touchdowns.

Personal:  Originally from Colorado … plans to major in sports management.


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JORDYN RILEY  

Defensive Back • Freshman • 5-10 • 180
Citra, Fla. | North Marion HS

High School:  Played cornerback and wide receiver as a senior for coach Willie Offord at North Marion HS … as a junior at Lake Weir HS, had 51 tackles, two interceptions, and a fumble recovery … offensively had 32 receptions for 667 yards and 10 touchdowns … also played basketball and participated in track … events included 100 meters, high jump, long jump, triple jump, and 4x100 relay.

 

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JEMARULIN SUGGS   

Running Back • Freshman • 5-11 • 174
Akron, Ohio | East HS

High School:  2016 Associated Press All-Northeast Island Offensive Player of the Year and first-team Inland District selection … 2016 Akron Beacon Journal High School Football Player of the Year … played running back for coach and Zips' alum Marques Hayes at Akron East HS … first-team Associated Press All-Ohio selection … teams went 8-4 his senior season en route to the OHSAA playoffs … team went 8-4 his senior season en route to the OHSAA playoffs … Dragons were a perfect 6-0 in the City series … in 42- career games, rushed for 5,433 yards and 54 touchdowns on 630 carries … as a senior, had 300 carries for 2,522 yards and 26 touchdowns … also had 10 receptions for 153 yards … defensively, had 32 tackles … as a junior, rushed 201 times for 1,501 yards and 15 touchdowns … as a sophomore, had 160 carries for 1,107 yards and 10 touchdowns … also played basketball.

Personal:  Joins Akron East HS teammate DeAndre Brimage as an Akron Zip.


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MALIK WOOLDRIDGE  

Wide Receiver • Freshman • 5-9 • 168
Akron, Ohio | St. Vincent-St. Mary HS

High School:  Played wide receiver and defensive back for coach Marcus Wattley at St. Vincent-St. Mary HS … 2016 first-team offense Associated Press Northeast Ohio Inland District honoree … two-way starter … also returned kicks and punts … helped the Irish to a 7-5 record en route to the OHSAA Division III playoffs … as a senior, had 62 receptions for 302 yards and four touchdowns … also had 14 tackles and an interception … as a junior, helped the Fighting Irish to an 11-2 mark and playoff appearance … had 21 receptions for 588 yards and nine touchdowns … defensively, had 23 tackles, three TFL, and three interceptions … also lettered in basketball and track … helped the Fighting Irish to the 2016 state title in the 800-meter relay.

Personal:  Joins SVSM HS teammate Eric Bentley as an Akron Zip.


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