Bradenton (Fla.) Manatee all-purpose back Anthony Lauro currently has one offer. It was extended to him verbally in late January.
"Akron offered me four weeks ago," Lauro said. "I was talking to them and then I got a call at school from my coach telling me that they offered me."
Due to a family tie, the 5-foot-10, 190-pound back knows a bit about the Zips and their program.
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"I know they have a really nice indoor facility and stuff," Lauro said. "I have visited the school before when I was up there visiting family because that is where my dad played."
Lauro said the fact his father, Tony Lauro, played at Akron won't influence his ultimate decision. He is quite interested in Terry Bowden's program at this time though.
"Considering it is my only offer so far, there is a pretty good interest," Lauro said. "But it depends on who else offers me."
As for the other schools that may offer, Lauro didn't have a guess on who would be next but said a number of schools are showing significant interest.
"Purdue, Georgia Tech, Western Kentucky, Boston College, UCF, Notre Dame, and South Carolina are showing me some good interest," Lauro said.
In early February, he took an unofficial visit to a local school. He came away impressed with everything he learned while on campus.
"I went to USF for a junior day," Lauro said. "I learned that USF was a lot bigger and nicer than I thought. There is a beautiful campus to it. They have a good coaching staff. I just like how it is kind of close to the area and to Tampa."
Lauro mentioned that he has also recently visited South Carolina. He plans to visit UCF in March for a junior day.
As a junior, Lauro had 631 rushing yards and eight touchdowns on 82 touches. He also had 51 receptions for 607 yards and six touchdowns.