Bearcats Surprise Kief

Cincinnati head coach Butch Jones and his staff continues to work the local recruiting scene handing out offers to some of the Queen City's top prospects. LaSalle 2014 wide receiver Derek Kief is the latest to earn an offer from the Bearcats and talks about his interest.

Standing 6-foot-5, 185-pounds made Derek Kief a major receiving threat on the field for head coach Tom Grippa and the LaSalle Lancers in 2012 as the talented wide receiver pulled down 44 receptions for 612 yards and seven touchdowns.

Butch Jones and his staff have made it a priority to recognize and attack early with homegrown talent and wasted little time going after Kief with an offer.

Did the offer from the Bearcats surprise Kief?

"Yea I was pretty surprised," said Kief. "I'm pretty interested in Cincinnati. It's in the city, convenient, nice facilities and the football program has been good recently. So I would say I'm pretty interested."

While Kief has been a name to watch for the past few months the fact he's a member of the 2014 recruiting class didn't expect any early interest.

"I wasn't expecting this much interest or even any offers my sophomore year," said Kief. "In fact I didn't even know you could get an offer at this time, so it is really surprising."

Despite being in his backyard, Kief hasn't made many visits to watch the Bearcats.

"I've gone to a couple of games over the years but I would not say I go frequently to their games."

One thing Kief is waiting to do is speak with the Bearcat coaches about the offer.

"The offer went through my coach," said Kief. "I've talked with some of the UC coaches in the past but have not spoken with them about the offer as they spoke with coach Grippa about it."

With summer camps right around the corner Kief only has plans to attend one camp at this time but is looking at other.

"Right now all I've planned on attending is Ohio State for their two-day camp in June," said Kief.

Can the Bearcats bring in another top prospect out of LaSalle? That question still has plenty of time before it must be answered.

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