It didn't take Cincinnati long to earn the commitment of a major future need as Park Ridge (Ill.) Maine South offensive tackle Liam O'Sullian gave the Bearcats his pledge on Wednesday night.
“I was on campus yesterday and that kind of sealed the deal,” said O'Sullivan. “Coach (Ty) Linder has been my recruiting coach and has been great. We hit it off pretty well and once I got down on campus and saw what it was all about, it locked me in and I was ready to go.”
The 6-foot-7, 240-pound O'Sullivan did more than visit campus on Tuesday as he did a brief workout for the Bearcats staff.
“I worked out when I was there and got a chance to meet and work with Coach (Darren) Hiller,” he said. “It was the second time I'd met him as he visited my school once. I really like the whole staff and that was a reason I committed there as I felt at home with them.”
Holding an offer since May, O'Sullivan had several options but kept coming back to the Bearcats especially once he got on campus.
“I had offers from Illinois, Northern Illinois, Western Michigan, Bowling Green, Wyoming, New Mexico and Illinois State,” he said. “But Cincinnati was my first offer and I had a lot of respect for that. So when I got there and realized how much I like it, I thought why not tie it up now and seal the deal.
“Everything is really new there and I like how they take care of everyone that goes there. It seems like a great atmosphere and everyone seems to like it there. Even in summer there seemed like a lot of action going on.”
With the recruiting process behind him, O'Sullivan will now focus of getting better and finishing strong.
“It's a relief to know I can now focus on my senior season and what I need to get down,” he said. “So it's good to know I have that behind me and have secured a spot. They see me playing left tackle and I feel my strength is my feet as I'm real athletic. I ran a 4.85 forty at the Illinois camp so I'm a fast kid. But I know there is work to be done with my pass blocking.”