Cincinnati Pulls In Ohio Linebacker

Ohio linebacker stays in home state with pledge to Cincinnati.

Wednesday saw Cincinnati assistant Robert Prunty continue his recruiting magic by adding another top prospect.

Linebacker Matthew Draper from Lyndhurst (Ohio) Brush High School made the call ending his recruitment by becoming the latest Ohio native to join the Bearcats Class of 2015.

“It’s nice getting my recruitment out of the way,” said Draper. “Coach Prunty recruited me really hard. In fact, he recruited me harder than I believe all the other schools. I’ve always wanted to play my college ball for an Ohio school and Cincinnati was the best one for me.”

The Bearcats beat out several other programs for the 6-foot-1, 215-pound linebacker.

“I had eight scholarship offers,” he said. “I had a few MAC schools, then had offers from Kentucky, Louisville and Duke. The only time I visited campus was for a camp back in June. But the staff showed me around the facilities a little bit and I saw enough on that trip to know Cincinnati was the choice for me.”

As Bearcat fans have gotten use to hearing since he arrived on campus, Prunty seems to get his guy more than not.

“Coach Prunty is a really good guy,” explained Draper. “I feel we’re already pretty close and he’s a really understanding guy and a great coach. In fact, the whole staff including Coach (Hank) Hughes did a great job recruiting me.”

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