Bearcats Rope A Cowboy

With a background in bull dogging and calf roping, new Cincinnati pledge Jaylyin Minor looks ready to make an early impact when he arrives on campus in May. Bearcat Insider spoke with the newest member of the Bearcats class about his pledge.

It didn’t take Tyler Junior College product Jaylyin Minor long to end his recruitment following his weekend stay in Cincinnati.

The native of Navasota, Texas, was extremely excited about his plans to be a Bearcat.

“I just got back this morning from Cincinnati,” said Minor. “It was great and I don’t think it could have gone any better. I loved the city, the people and the hospitality was just great.”

While Minor saw interest from several schools, it was the Bearcats quick response that caught his attention.

“I had Louisiana Tech and Louisiana Monroe but they were not keeping in contact with me like a school that was really interest in me,” he said. “Texas A&M watched my film and said they would be in touch, but they are losing coaches there.

“So I got in touch with Cincinnati about three weeks ago and they watched my film and got right back with me. They have been in contact ever since and Coach (Jeff) Koonz has been my main recruiter.”

But it was during his visit that Minor saw his future.

“On my visit I spent time with all the coaches and they made me feel at home,” he said. “They made me feel like I already knew them and I got to watch them coach. Coach Koonz is a cool dude and a real professional.

“My host was Keith Minor. He’s from Chapel Hill (Texas) and after talking we believe we’re cousins as our family is all from the same spot. So we’re trying to figure it out now.”

What does Minor feel he can bring to the Bearcats?

“They are recruiting me as a linebacker (middle),” he said. “I can bring a lot to Cincinnati with the defense they run. I played safety at Tyler so I’m kind of an edge guy that has done a lot of coverage. My coverage is pretty good and I’m a great run stopper as I’m able to read a defense. I also played on all special teams.”

Minor followed his prep career at Navastoa High with time at Tyler Junior College. He’ll have three years of eligibility remaining when he arrives on campus having received a medical redshirt following an injury this year.

The 6-foot, 230-pound Minor may also be the first real cowboy recruited to Cincinnati.

“My whole family is involved with the rodeo,” he said. “I’ve do calf roping and steer wrestling and have been doing it all my life. It’s our lifestyle.”

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