Terry Bowden has had to rebuild the Akron football program pretty much from the ground up. Since Bowden came to town the Zips are slowly but steadily putting a very solid team on the field.
Searching high and low for talent from the prep and Junior College ranks while out on the recruiting trail is really starting to pay off for the Zips coaches. So far this recruiting cycle, Bowden and his staff have locked up a verbal commitment from three class of 2015 recruits, with the most recent pledge coming from JUCO tight end Trey Dunkelberger.
"Right now Akron is the best opportunity for me." Dunkelberger told Hustle Belt. "I called Coach Breyer after speaking to my parents on Thursday night to let him know. He was pumped to hear my commitment, and he said he was going to call the other coaches and let them know. He also asked if I was going to go public or not." He added on his Thursday evening commitment to the Zips.
"They are really looking for a guy with speed, and the ability to get down the field, and they want me to do that for them. They have given me the most attention via letters, messages, and phone calls. It really made me feel wanted there."
Still relatively new to the sport, Trey wasn't heavily recruited by college football teams out of Shillington, Pennsylvania's Governor Mifflin High School. With hard work and determination, the 6'5 240 pound Dunkelberger has turned his dreams of playing on the Division I level into a reality.
Even though he has gave the Akron staff a verbal pledge, Trey, who suits up for the Pierce Community College Brahmas, in Woodland Hills, California, is still going to listen to other programs that might come calling after taking a look at his mid-season highlights.
"I am still going to be in contact with other coaches, and visiting other schools, as I do not even have tape yet for other schools to be interested in me, but Akron was highly interested in me off of my looks, and what they saw from my spring film. Akron is an up and coming program, and as long as Coach Bowden stays, we will have an oppurtunity to be great. Coach has been turning the program around, and I expect great things from them this season."
Check out Trey's highlights from two seasons ago courtesy of Youtube: