While searching high and low for class of 2015 talent, Terry Bowden and the Akron football program received a verbal commitment from arguably one of the top underclassmen in the entire state of Ohio earlier today. 2016 quarterback Jacob Harrison became the first junior to accept a scholarship opportunity with the Zips.
"I was with my dad, when I made the call. I called coach [A.J.} Milwee, the offensive coordinator and quarterback coach. He told me that he is very excited to have me on board and that it was a great day for Akron," Harrison told Hustle Belt soon after giving his pledge to the Zips.
"Akron is a program on the rise. They almost and should have beat Michigan last year. I have been to many of the big schools, such as Tennessee, Ohio State, West Virginia, and Michigan State, and I don't like any of them more than I like Akron." He added.
Falling in love with the program as a whole, was only one of the reasons why Harrison selected Akron, over the Air Force Academy, and interest from many of the top college football programs in the country.
"I actually made a list of all the reasons why I committed to Akron." Harrison stated.
- "(They run a) Spread offense. It is perfect for a dual threat quarterback like myself."
- "Coach Bowden. He is a very well known coach, and is a Christian, which is very important to me."
- "Coach Milwee. He is the OC/QB coach, and I really love the way he coaches."
- "(Akron has) The best Facilities in the Mid American Conference."
- "Academics. Sports Management is something that I'm very interested in."
- "It is only three hours away from my house, so my family can come watch me play."
- "MAC quarterbacks. There are many that are in the NFL."
- "Akron is a program on the rise."
- "I would have the opportunity to compete for the starting job as a true freshman."
- "All in all it's everything that I want. It is a perfect fit."
A 6'1 190 pound, signal caller, Jacob, who attends Chaminade Julienne in Dayton, doesn't just display a very strong arm, but also fantastic speed. As a sophomore for the Eagles, Harrison passed for over 3,300 yards, and 19 touchdowns, while also rushing for nearly 600 more yards, and 13 more scores, to help lead his squad to a 6-5 overall record, and a state playoff birth.
Still a couple years away from suiting up for Akron, get a small glimpse of what Jacob Harrison will add to the Zips with these highlights of him in action on the High School level, courtesy of Hudl: