'No doubt about it': 6-11 Akol commits to USF
On the day USF announced the signing of two recruits, coach Stan Heath picked up a big commitment, as Teeng Akol, a 6-foot-11, 225-pound power forward from Sudan who played this season at Bradenton's IMG Academy, said he will sign with the Bulls and become the seventh member of USF's incoming class.
"I have a good relationship with the coaches," said Akol, who also strongly considered West Virginia. "I did a lot of research, and it was hard for me to decide, but at the end of the day, USF's coaches recruited me so much. I really liked the environment there, no doubt about it."
Akol, rated as a three-star recruit by Scout.com and Rivals.com, joins a class that has considerable size, with 6-foot-10 center Alex Rivas Sanchez, 6-8 center Gene Teague and 6-7 forward Eladio Espinosa. Akol said he has not taken the required college entrance exams but will take them in June and is confident he will earn a qualifying score. ESPN.com's recruiting rankings have him as the No. 41 center nationally in the 2008 class, though Akol said he considers himself a power forward.
USF announced the formal signing Wednesday of two commitments, Rivas Sanchez and combo guard Gaby Belardo of Puerto Rico.