Searching for talent on the recruiting trail to bring up to the Rubber City, Akron’s coaching staff is once again looking to fill the roster with prospects from across the country. Building a pipeline into Florida, the Zips locked up another verbal pledge from a Sunshine State standout over the weekend.
With reported offers on the table from programs such as Toledo, Florida Atlantic, Florida International, and UAB, two-star linebacker Moris Lugo (Opa Locka,FL/Miami Carol City) ended his recruitment in favor of Akron on Friday evening.
“I chose Akron over the other schools that offered me because I love their program, the coaches, and there are a lot of south Florida players on the team. Coach (Eric) Hickson and (Chuck) Amato were very important in my decision. Knowing coach Amato coached Florida State and coached many great linebackers, it made it a no brainer for me. Knowing guys like Kato (Nelson) on the team is a big plus, and their communication was key in the process.” Lugo, the 95th inside linebacker, and 2,086th overall prospect in the class of 2017, per the 247Sports Composite, stated to Hustle Belt on his decision to roll with the Zips.
The 6’0, 205-pound Lugo isn’t the only one looking forward to getting his college career started with Akron. Numerous members of the Zips coaching staff feel the same exact way.
“I broke the (commitment) news down to coach Hickson and he was excited. He told me that everyone is excited, and Coach Amato told me he loves my speed and how I can cover from sideline to sideline and also cover receivers in any coverage scheme.” He said.
As a junior, Lugo accounted for around 100 total tackles, and five quarterback sacks to help lead His Carol City squad to an overall record of 9-3 last season.