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Cincinnati Bearcats July Recruiting Update

The following was written by Bearcats Blog recruiting analyst Stuart Gilchrist. Be sure to follow Stuart on twitter, @stewiegilchrist. Maybe then he will mention that he writes this in his profile.

 

It has been way too long since the last Bearcats recruiting update and there have been several commitments and updates on the recruiting trail for Coach Tommy Tuberville and staff. Since the last update there have been 6 commitments to the Class of 2014 over a span of 3 weeks. These have all been commitments for major positions of need in the coming years and brings a total of 16 commitments before a snap of football has been played under the Tuberville era. And also with recruiting, there have been some misses along the way as well and we can get more into that later.

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Kimoni Fitz

Recruited By: Robert Prunty

 

 

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Cincinnati added another player that can go along with Silverberry Mouhon in the cool name category on July 16th. Kimoni Fitz is a 6’ 3.5” 230lb strong-side defensive end from Dan River High School in Ringgold, Va. He pledged to the Bearcats over offers from ECU and Liberty. He has decent size but will need to add a little weight in order to be ready for college football. He is a solid pickup and obviously this staff sees potential in him. During his junior campaign, Fitz was named 1st team all Dogwood District and District D-lineman of the year.

Davin Pierce

Recruited By: Steve Clinkscale

 

 

 

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3 Star

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During the Friday Night Lights camp at UC on July 19th, Cincinnati picked up a commitment from 6’ 2” 170lb Davin Pierce from Dr. Phillips High School in Orlando, FL. The commitment of Pierce seemingly came out of nowhere since he had a final 3 of Louisville, West Virginia and Kentucky. A story was published about Pierce wanting to commit to WVU but that did not end up happening. Thankfully for us, Pierce had such a great visit and felt at home during his camp that he decided to commit to UC while he was here. Pierce fits the mold of taller defensive backs that this staff has been offering this year. He will also fit in perfectly with Deven Drane in the secondary with the dreads. If only Dominique Battle & Cam Cheatham were here to complete the quartet.

 

Corey Ferguson

Recruited By: Fred Tate, Steve Clinkscale

 

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Corey Ferguson became the third JUCO commit of the Class of 2014 when he committed on July 22nd. Ferguson measures at 6’ 0” and 175 lbs. Ferguson attended Fullerton College in Fullerton, CA and has a clocked 40 time of 4.46 seconds. With the graduation of Deven Drane and Arryn Chenault this season, the staff saw a need to bring in some JUCO players that could come in and help immediately next year. More on Ferguson can be found in this story written by Tim Adams of Bearcat Journal.

 

Carter Jacobs

Recruited By: Eddie Gran, Steve Clinkscale

 

 

247 Sports

2 Star

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2 Star

 

Carter Jacobs came to camp at Cincinnati for Friday Night Lights hoping to impress the staff and gain an offer. Jacobs, the former teammate of current Bearcat freshman Tyler Cogswell, impressed the staff enough to gain an offer on July 20th and committed a few days later on July 24th. In his junior season, he tallied 47 solo & 73 total tackles for an average of 6.1 tackles per game with 2 interceptions, 1 fumble recovery, and 4 tackles for loss. Sure he may not be a highly touted safety, choosing the Bearcats over offers of Appalachian State and Bowling Green, but he has a good motor and has the potential the staff likes.

 

Landon Brazile

 

 

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Landon Brazile was a new name to football recruiting mainly due to the fact that he is more known as a basketball player. Brazile is listed as a 6’6” 225lb weak side defensive end from Thurgood Marshall High school in Dayton, OH. Coach Tuberville and staff extended an offer to him recently and after a few visits he pulled the trigger on July 30th. He is the 6th commitment from the state of Ohio and the 5th defensive line commitment for the Class of 2014. Brazile also gave out a good picture of the new uniforms that the Bearcats will be wearing this year when he tweeted out the above picture.

 

Ryan Stout

 

 

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On the same day that Landon Brazile committed to the Bearcats, word got out later that night that Sylvania, OH defensive lineman Ryan Stout also committed to UC. Stout is listed at 6’5” and 245 lbs. He chose the Bearcats over offers from Akron, Bowling Green and Toledo and interest from Duke and Michigan State. He has good size and it only took him about a week after an offer to commit. He becomes the 7th player in this class from Ohio and joins Spencer Williams, Hakeem Allonce, Joel Thompson and Kimoni Fitz on the defensive line. Depending on where we need him, he may also be placed on the offensive line as well. Stout may need to add some weight but this seems like a solid pickup for commit #16. 

 

Misses

 

Defensive End Raashed Kennion, a teammate of current commit Spencer Williams, flipped his commitment to Auburn University on July 17th. This was almost an expected outcome with the visits he took there and Auburn’s constant recruitment of him. The staff probably knew this was going to happen and accepted the commitment of defensive ends Kimoni Fitz and Landon Brazile. Brazile is more of Kennion’s size and will probably have to redshirt a year to add some weight.

 

Indiana Safety Drue Tranquill announced his decision to attend Purdue University on July 23rd. Tranquill had a final 3 of Purdue, Cincinnati and Indiana. Tranquill’s commitment to Purdue was expected by many recruiting services but he would have been a good safety/outside linebacker hybrid.

 

As we all know, the Bearcats will be extremely shorthanded at the quarterback position in 2014 and the staff has been trying to land a quarterback for this class. The top target, Sean White who won MVP at the Nike Elite 11 camp, pledged to Auburn shortly after his visit. He seemed high on Cincinnati but ultimately chose to play for an SEC team that could play him early. After the miss on White, the staff focused on Old Dominion commit Shuler Bentley and offered him a scholarship. Bentley was a great passer that was somewhat under the radar with offers from Old Dominion, Delaware St and Cincinnati. Bentley considered the offer but decided to stick with his original commitment to Old Dominion and no one can blame him for honoring a commitment, something rare these days. We will have to wait and see what the staff decides to do about the need at quarterback.

 

Names to Keep an Eye On:

 

While it is hard to predict recruiting and even recruiting analysts can’t fully predict what will happen on the recruiting trail, there are some names to keep an eye on over the next few weeks as a possible commit. Those names include:

Ashton Jackson: A running back from Dayton that came to Friday Night Lights camp hoping for an offer but so far has not received one. Some believe he is high on Cincinnati.

A’lique Terry: A center from Hialeah, FL. He visited Cincinnati also for the FNL camp and already holds an offer from Cincinnati along with Appalachian St, ECU and Marshall.

Alin Edouard: A dual-threat quarterback also from Hialeah, FL. He is currently committed to Miami(FL) but many believe he will be decommitting soon since Miami has taken two more quarterbacks after his commitment. He visited for the FNL camp but is receiving interest from many schools such as Louisville and Tennessee.

Nick Padla: Offensive Tackle from Berrien Springs, Michigan whose first BCS offer came from Cincinnati. Since then, Illinois has offered and Michigan State may offer soon as well.

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