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2005 '05 MD OL Joe Akers (UConn signee)

Discussion in 'Football Recruiting' started by Buckskin86, Mar 5, 2004.

  1. Buckskin86

    Buckskin86 Moderator

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    http://scout.theinsiders.com/a.z?s=145&p=8&c=1&yr=2005&nid=751942

    http://ohiostate.rivals.com/viewprospect.asp?pr_key=22932

    Parkton (MD)
    Hereford
    Offensive guard

    Height: 6-foot-1
    Weight: 310 pounds
    40-yard dash: 5 seconds
    Bench Press: 365lbs

    Bio Notes: Akers was named all-state during his sophomore and junior seasons. He was also named all-county, all-district and all-metro.

    Schools in the Running: Alabama, Maryland, North Carolina, Ohio State, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Virginia, Virginia Tech

    Joe went to tOSU junior day.

    http://www.psuplaybook.org/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=456&mode=&order=0&thold=0

    http://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/highschool/bal-sp.ofoot15dec15,0,2795313.story?coll=bal-utility-highschoolsp

     
    Last edited: May 24, 2004
  2. stxbuck

    stxbuck Woody wore Sambas

    I'm sure he will be an excellent college OG, but if the Buckeyes are looking to recruit a pure OG next class, they will probably offer Chardon's David White-6'2 300-at camp if he shows well. He has already been down for the Junior Day in February.
     
  3. LordJeffBuck

    LordJeffBuck Illuminatus Emeritus Staff Member

  4. gbearbuck

    gbearbuck Herbie for President

    stx,

    I think he is a center not a guard... All state as a soph. and Jr. is all I need to know... let's wine and dine him...
     
  5. Buckskin86

    Buckskin86 Moderator

    LJB- good article and here is my favorite quote from Akers dad

     
  6. Buckskin86

    Buckskin86 Moderator

    current favorites per Rivals are Marshall, PSU, tOSU, Nebraska and Maryland

    he still plans to go to tOSU camp
     
  7. buckhunter

    buckhunter Newbie

    FYI- I asked on the Maryland board several weeks ago why the east coast isn't all over this guy, the responses I received said that he plays against very weak competition. Does anyone know what level his team competes in in Maryland?
     
  8. Buckskin86

    Buckskin86 Moderator

    Rivals reported that Akers may have the best blocker at PSU Nike- he measured 6-foot-1 and 315 pounds showing great leverage and strength
     
  9. starBUCKS

    starBUCKS BPCFFB League #2 League Champion 2008 & 2010

    He doesn't pass the looks test...he looks like a doughboy....also at 16 or 17 and he already has double knee braces.
     
  10. Buckskin86

    Buckskin86 Moderator

    He doesn't pass the looks test...he looks like a doughboy....also at 16 or 17 and he already has double knee braces.

    LOL- Rivals rated as one of the ten standouts at PSU NIke

    Here is what they wrote about him

    He had a one on one battle with one of the top defensive line prospects there, Melvin Alaeze, and performed very well
     
  11. BuckNutty

    BuckNutty Hear The Drummer Get Wicked Staff Member Bookie

    He looks a little slimmer here, star.

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  12. coxew

    coxew Newbie

    I wouldn't worry about the knee braces. I recall Bollman coming in and making all of our linemen where them for preventative measures, regardless if they've ever had any problems or not. Take a look at the line the next time we play.
     
  13. LordJeffBuck

    LordJeffBuck Illuminatus Emeritus Staff Member

    Per Rivals today, Akers stock is on the rise due to an impressive showing at Penn State Nike; included in the list of schools that are "thinking about offering" are Ohio State, Penn State, Pitt, and Marshall. It looks like his summer camps will be very important, as he is a recruit "on the fence" for big-time programs. I watched his films on Rivals - most of his film was on defense, and on offense, he was playing left tackle. Clearly, at 6'2", he is too short for OT in college, and at 315 lbs. he is not quick enough for DL; thus, he looks to project at OG. He can best be described as active in a lumbering sort of way; his footwork is decent, but he simply doesn't have a whole lot of athleticism. I question whether he fits Tressel's mold for lean, quick, athletic OL with upside potential (which is best exemplified by recent signees Kirk Barton and Kyle Mitchum and current commitment Jim Cordle). In addition, the Bucks already have two top OL in the fold, and Tressel & Co. can afford to be very selective at this point in the process. However, Akers seems like a good kid who really likes OSU (another Frank Morton in the making?), and he plays a position which has been a perennial weakness for the Bucks, so maybe the staff will take a flyer on him down the road....

    Speaking of Cordle ... if you haven't yet seem his tape, please watch it. There is really no comparison between Cordle and Akers. Cordle is much quicker and far more athletic - on nearly every play he pulls, and can do so either to his left or to his right. He's not quite the freak that Jeff Byers was last year, but he can really get out fast and lead the play around either end; and, once Cordle encounters a defender, he flattens the guy. Although there were only two or three clips of his pass blocking, he clearly has the speed to get into position, and the footwork to set himself properly. In addition, you can see even from the films that Cordle has a mean streak :bones: a mile wide - he just loves to punish opponents who get in his way. Finally, being from Lancaster, you know that he is well-coached and plays against top competition. Alex Boone may be the big "name" in this OL class, but Cordle is definitely one to watch.
     
  14. buckhunter

    buckhunter Newbie

    The insiders hot atlantic 100 is out and Akers is no where on it! We may be taking this one off our list!
     
  15. BuckNutty

    BuckNutty Hear The Drummer Get Wicked Staff Member Bookie

    Rivals Premium

    Per the latest Rivals update, Akers still does not have any written offers but he expects some after summer camps. Akers mentions Ohio State is one of the schools recruiting him the hardest yet he does not plan on camping here this summer. Not sure he'd be offered if he camped here but his chances are significantly lower if he doesn't.
     

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