A FORD NOT A CHEVY
Making the trip from Hilton Head, South Carolina was a group of players coached by former Ohio native B.J. Payne. Included in the group was four-star defensive tackle Poona Ford who has already holds double-digit offers from schools from across the country.
While listed at 6-foot-1, Ford is just a tad under six-feet and would remind Bearcat fans of former Bearcats defensive standout Terrill Byrd. While Ford was impressive during one-on-one drills, we believe there were a few things missing from his game the Bearcats were looking for.
Class of 2015 defensive back Corey Bell recently picked up his first offer from Duke. Bell, whose father is former Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals safety Myron Bell, received a visitor during camp as former Bearcats standout Artrell Hawkins checked out his former teammate son during camp. Bearcat Insider will be having a story on Bell coming soon.
BRINGING THE HEAT
With several prospects from the state of Florida, temperatures in Cincinnati were more like the south during the past two days. On Tuesday, Anthony Brown out of Miami (Fla.) Archbishop Carroll made the trip with his guardian Eloy Garcia to Bearcats camp. While Brown already has a reported offer from the Bearcats, it was good to see him made the trip to Cincinnati and show his abilities in front of the Bearcats coaches. We'll be catching up with Brown for more about his camp experience soon.
TURNING A FEW HEADS
One of the more surprising performances during Tuesday's camp was from Mason (Ohio) quarterback Jensen Harris. The 6-foot-4 signal caller looked to have turned a few heads during his camp performance and we expect the Bearcats to take more of a look.
FITS THE MOLD
Louisville (Ky.) St. Xavier offensive tackle John Kurtz could soon see the Bearcats having more interested after an impressive camp performance. While Kurtz has work to do before becoming a finished product, he fits the mold of the type of offensive linemen the Bearcats want in the program with a long frame capable of putting on weight without losing athletic ability.
WHAT YOU TALKIN ABOUT WILLIS?
Indianapolis two-way lineman Kevin Willis made the trip down I-74 to camp and has a solid day in front of the Bearcats staff. While Willis worked out as a defensive tackle, we feel his future would be better suited as a center. Something the Bearcats already have in the class.
Current Bearcats running back E.J. Junior also has a younger brother who attended camp at UC on Tuesday. Kyle Junior will be an interesting prospect out of Middletown to watch in the 2015 recruiting class as he showed well during camp.
EARNS AN OFFER
One of the more impressive campers the past week came on Wednesday as Olentangy Liberty offensive lineman Luke Callahan earned his Bearcats offer with a solid performance during all drills. We'll have more on Callahan and his offer coming soon.
NORTH & SOUTH REPRESENTED
Chase Lash traveled from Medway, Massachusetts for a shot at earning an offer from the Bearcats. Lash, who stands just under 6-foot-4, 288-pounds worked hard in front of the Bearcats staff. Linebacker Kellen Snider traveled from Fort White (Fla.) in hopes of picking up a scholarship offer from the Beracats. Snider already holds offers from South Alabama, Buffalo and Miami Ohio at this stage of the process.
AN UNEXPECTED SURPRISE WAS FOUND
If you want to look for a real under the radar prospect look at quarterback Joshua "Graham" Lindman. The 6-foot-3, 205-pound quarterback may have enjoyed the best camp day for any quarterback to attend the Bearcats camp over the past several days showing off an extremely strong arm during drills. Lindman has one problem; he does not play for a tradition high school. Instead, Lindman plays for a club team built around players who are homeschooled. Last season saw Lindman pass for 2,622 yards with 34 touchdowns and only nine interceptions playing against a mostly 2-A football schedule in the Hoosier state.
NEWEST BEARCAT RETURNS
New Bearcats pledge Nathaniel Devers returned to Cincinnati on Wednesday for camp and another chance to work with offensive line coach Darren Hiller. As we reported earlier, expect Devers to become a center as a Bearcat. One thing we've noticed in Devers is the hard work he's put in over the past year getting down to 263-pounds after being at least 10-pounds heavier a year ago.
DON'T TRY THIS AT HOME
If Bowling Green (Ky.) South Warren linebacker Joel Iyiegbuniwe becomes a Bearcat. Let the experts like Dan Hoard do the pronunciation of the name. Joel told us the proper pronunciation is the following, E-A-Bone-nee-way.
JEFF GEORGE PART TWO
Wednesday found former NFL quarterback Jeff George playing the role of supporting parent as he watched son Jeff George Jr. workout in front of Bearcats quarterback coach Darren Hiller and other college coaches. The younger George did not have a bad day, but see our part on another Indiana product Joshua Lindman and the younger George was a big overshadowed. Bearcat Insider Coach Tuberville spend some quality time talking with the older George during one point in camp.
CURRENT BEARCATS NEWS
The influx of talent heading to Cincinnati this fall continues as Bearcat Insider saw several new faces on campus early this week. We expect to have more information on some of the new faces that will be wearing the Red & Black.
KAY & TUBERVILLE HEADING TO MANNING PASSING ACADEMY
Quarterback Brendon Kay is reaping the benefits of his extra year in a big way. Expected to be the starter this fall when the Bearcats take the field, Kay has been invited to take part in the famed Manning Passing Academy and will be joined by his new head coach Tommy Tuberville, a longtime visitor of the Manning's camp over the years.