It may have taken Jeremy Larkin a little longer to make his college decision than he'd planned for. However, he feels a giant weight has been removed from his shoulders with his pledge to stay home and play for the hometown Cincinnati Bearcats.
“It was a long process,” said Larkin. “But I'm glad it's finally over and glad I could finally commit to Cincinnati. It felt like the best fit for me football wise and academically. I really like the facilities, coaching staff and what they can do for you with their academic support.”
Recently the Bearcats coaching staff pulled out all the stops during an in-depth campus visit in making sure Larkin understood he was a priority in the 2016 class.
“That was really cool,” he said. “It wasn't too big of a thing as I was also the top guy at Northwestern. So it was just really good to get more information on UC and to see a different side of UC. I didn't know about UC like that until I went on the visit.”
For Bearcat fans a lot of credit needs to be given to offensive coordinator Eddie Gran. He was the one who worked relentlessly in getting one of Ohio's top candidates to win Mr. Football in 2015 in the class.
How did Larkin feel about the efforts of his future coach?
“It was pretty cool,” he said. “I have a great relationship with him and hope it continues to get better in the coming years. Coach Gran screamed in the phone when I told him I was a Bearcat and I had to take the phone away from my ear because it was so loud. So it was cool and he said he was really happy to land a running back like me.
“Coach (Tommy) Tuberville was also real fired up about getting a player like me as well.”
Staying home has advantages and Larkin feels the biggest one comes on game day.
“It's good to have the support of your family and your hometown,” he explained. “While it may not be a big deal to some, I feel you play better when you have support.”
Helping Larkin make the final call was a trip away from many of the modern conveniences that can get in the way of making a decision.
“I probably knew where I wanted to go about a week ago,” he said. “I went on a service trip where I was able to think about it for a whole with without any distractions. I didn't have internet or anything like that and that allowed me some time to really process it and look at the pros and cons of everything. In the end it felt really fine with me and sat well.”