Recruiting Updates - 7/18

Recruiting updates for five players have been posted -- Lyndhurst Brush DT Alfred Martin, Warrensville Heights WR Trumaine Smith, Cincinnati Winton Woods WR Jamal Akbar, Bedford Chanel DB Doug Alford, and Cincinnati Purcell-Marian OL Khalil El-Amin.

Lyndhurst Brush DT Alfred Martin is one of the best defensive linemen in the state. He checks in at 6-5, 260 and ran a 5.0 at camp but said he has run a 4.9 in the past. He camped at the Ann Arbor Nike Camp as well as Toledo. He lists offers from Cincinnati, Bowling Green, Buffalo, Nebraska, and Wisconsin.

"I intend on taking my visits and making a decision before Christmas," he said.

He threw the shot and discus this spring. He scored a 17 on the ACT, but he is going to take a prep course and take the test a couple more times. He's also ready for the season; his first game is August 22.

"We've been in the weight room since January," he said. "I'm just waiting on August 22nd."

WR Trumaine Smith just got back from Michigan State. While there he ran a 4.4. "That was the fastest time there," he said.

Toledo has offered so far. "A number of others are telling me they want to wait until a few games into the year," he said.

"I will play free safety too this year," he said. "My old coach was thinking about letting me play QB to get the ball in my hands, but Coach Culliver (former E. Cleveland Shaw coach) says I'm going to play WR. We had a good QB who didn't play last year."

Jamal Akbar (6-1, 185, 4.5) is an outstanding athlete from Cincinnati who is going to be switching to the gridiron in college.

"People started paying attention to me because of basketball but I will play football in college," he said.

This summer, he went to camp at Georgetown. "Miami of Ohio has said they will offer," he said.

Kentucky is showing a lot of interest as is Eastern Kentucky, Akron and West Virginia. Michigan State has been into the school, Cincinnati has been coming in, and Ohio State has been in too."

Akbar said he has the second longest long jump in Ohio at 22.9 and also ran the 4x100.

Bedford Chanel DB/QB Doug Alford (5-11 ¼, 172, 4.51) is getting interest from several schools. He camped at Ohio State, Bowling Green, Akron, Toledo, Youngstown State, and Cincinnati, and he will be camping at Ohio U on July 26th.

Doug said Youngstown State and Ohio U were talking about an offer. All but a couple are recruiting him as a DB; a couple are recruiting him as a QB.

Nebraska, Iowa, Michigan, Bowling Green, and West Virginia have been into Bedford Chanel to see Doug and his teammates.

Doug has a 3.4 core GPA, so Ivy league schools are all over him. Columbia, Princeton, Cornell, Dartmouth, Brown have all been in. Northwestern is showing attention too.

Khalil El-Amin is a real sleeper OL prospect from Cincinnati who is 6-5, 300 pounds and was clocked at 5.2 in the 40 at Ohio State. He went to PSU camp this year and Ohio State's one day camp, and he also went to Cincinnati camp and got an offer.

Penn State has stayed in touch with him. Everyone is recruiting him as a tackle; he plays OT in HS but also plays defense.

He used to play basketball but is not going to play any other sports anymore. When it comes to his decision, he said "Sometimes I want to wait, but if the right school offers, I would jump on it."

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