Carroll CB Jabari Thomas commits to Akron
Thomas, who is 5 feet 11 and 178 pounds, also had scholarship offers from Marshall, Cincinnati and Ohio.
But Akron was the first school to show serious interest in Thomas and played a significant role in his decision.
"I think one thing was the ability to come in and play early," Houchens said, noting that DeMatha graduate Austin Bailey is one of three freshmen in the Zips' starting lineup. "Another thing is they offered him way back in the summer. He went to Pittsburgh's camp and Pitt was interested but Akron's coaches were working there and they offered him right at the camp."
Don't be surprised if Akron continues to make a push for Washington-area players. Zips first-year coach Rob Iannello is a Catholic University graduate.