Gilbert Adds Hometown Offer

Local product Tyrell Gilbert reacts to his newest scholarship offer from the hometown team.

Over the years keeping local talent home has played a key role in the success of the Cincinnati Bearcats football program. Head coach Tommy Tuberville and his staff has taken their time evaluating local talent and a few offers have started to come out following camp.

One of those local players just added a Bearcats offer as Cincinnati Princeton athlete Tyrell Gilbert added the Bearcats to his list of offers.

"I went down to campus today," said Gilbert. "It was a pretty good visit as I walked around campus and showed everything they had to offer me. I met with Coach (Tommy) Tuberville, Coach (Robert) Prunty and Coach (Steve) Clinkscale who would be my position coach.

"They told me where I would be playing on the field and what they would expect out of me. It was a great conversation as we were open and honest with each other. It's a real good day."

Gilbert has seen steady interest from several programs and made two camp visits this summer.

"Right now I have nine MAC offers," said Gilbert. "I should be having a few other offers in the next couple of days or so. I'm not camping anymore as I attended only two camps with Kentucky and UC and I was just down at UC a couple of days ago."

Could the Bearcats be in a fight with the Wildcats for Gilbert?

"I'm very close to the Kentucky coaches but they've had a lot of commits at my position," explained Gilbert. "The offer from Cincinnati means a lot to me. I always felt it was just a matter of time as I always felt I could and would be offered. But I guess it was just time as they wanted to get to know me a little more."

Where do the Bearcats stand with Gilbert at this stage of the process?

"I'm hoping to make my decision sometime in the next month," said Gilbert. "Cincinnati is definitely at the top as they are close to home and have a good atmosphere. I could see myself there for four or five years."

One reason Gilbert has the Bearcats so high despite the late offer can be credited to Coach Tuberville and his staff.

"Coach Tuberville is a great guy and real laid-back," Gilbert said. "But you can tell he's a serious coach and he was honest with me from the very beginning. He said he would like to see my run at least a 4.5 forty and that is something I did when I went down there for camp. And he's only been honest with me ever since I met him.

"Coach Clinkscale was not there when I went down there so I went down a different day to meet him. He told me he's a hard coach and that he really cares about academics. So if I was to play for him, I would have to be a tough kid and that this was a special offer.

"Coach Prunty came to my school but I didn't really get to do much talking with him. So we've talked on the phone and he's a down to earth guy and told me a lot about his past. He told me that hard work will get you where you want to be. So I think UC would be a great place for me."

Now it is up to Gilbert to make the call and decide if he wants to follow in the footsteps of other local prospect that stayed home and wore the Red & Black.

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