Friday night found a solid but not great group of campers on the Cincinnati camps for the first of several Bearcats football camps under the direction of head coach Tommy Tuberville. We look at several positions in this report.
The hottest name in Ohio in the past week is Class of 2016 linebacker Jango Glackin and the Lebanon (Ohio) High School product did not disappoint with some of the best combine numbers while killing it during the linebacker drills earning an offer from Kent State before leaving. We would not be surprised if the Bearcats jump on board and offer in the coming days as Glackin has great flexibility and can flip his hips with the best of them. Did a great job during coverage drills and some could see him even play safety.
Two Trotwood-Madison linebackers also we're impressive as Roland Walder and Ferrod Gardner we're both impressive and will see continued interest. Both added offers from Bowling Green this week. Antwuan Johnson is a player just coming out of the eighth grade and will be a freshman at Dayton (Ohio) Dunbar High School. For such a young player, Johnson is a kid we'll be watching going forward as he could be a linebacker or running back.
Indiana native Dan Werner (Mt. Vernon HS) has great physical size for a linebacker and showed well in test and drills. Could grow be looked at more as a defensive end at 6-foot-2, 227-pounds.
Winter Park (Fla.) backer Jimmy Martin showed well during drills and was solid in testing from what we saw.
Two players that stood out Friday night when looking at the offensive line were Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy senior Jacob Halter who we've known about since the start of his sophomore year. Halter has the tools to become a college level player but is about two years away from reaching his full potential. It will be interesting to see if the Bearcats take another look at the 6-foot-5, 251-pounder before the summer ends.
Gahanna Lincoln offensive lineman David Cooper is another player we've known about as we've seen the 6-foot-4, 265-pounder for the past several months having seen him in a couple of other settings. Like Halter, the Bearcats still have several camp days ahead before having to pull the trigger.
Trotwood-Madison prospect Brice Hinton has the lower frame we like to see, however, he's too top heavy in the 330-pound range and he needs a lot more technique work with his hands. But we like the potential shown and his best football could be ahead of him.
Moeller quarterback Tom Macvittie threw the ball well but surprised many during testing drills posting a 4.5 forty time and looking very athletic during drills. He'll be a name to watch going forward as he's still got a couple of years to develop.
Trotwood-Madison Class of 2016 quarterback Messiah deWeaver did not take part in testing but did throw for the Bearcats. He added an offer from Western Kentucky and should hear from UC in the coming days about their interest in him. deWeaver is a kid who continues to improve as he gets bigger physically adding bulk and strength.
These were just some of the players seen on Friday night. Cincinnati will hold two more camps this weekend and several over the next few weeks.