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Cincinnati Bearcats commit Desmond Ridder (Louisville, (KY) St. Xavier HS) enjoys his visit to his future home

Bearcat Insider was able to speak with Cincinnati Bearcats quarterback pledge Desmond Ridder (Louisville, (KY) St. Xavier HS) about his visit to his future home this past Saturday. Ridder was able to watch the Bearcats defeat the Miami Redhawks in their battle of the Victory Bell. Check out what he had to say in our exclusive one-on-one with him:

Bearcat Insider: How did your visit go?

Ridder: "It went well. I came with my mom, girlfriend, and my little sister. It started off really good, it was an experience that we've never had before. When we walked out we were able to walk through the tunnel after the players ran out on the field and we were able to come out on the field. Going through the tunnel and coming out on the field is an experience that I can't wait to have. Them coming out with a win and after the game, seeing all the players and seeing what I can be apart of and talking to the coaches, it all was unreal."

Bearcat Insider: What does receiving an offer from the University of Cincinnati football program mean to you?

Ridder: "With Coach Taylor being in his first year and him recruiting me and really loving me and putting his trust in me means a lot. It shows that they really trust me and it really means a lot for them to give me my first offer. That's really why I loved it and then I took the visit and I loved the program."

Bearcat Insider: Did committing early release a lot of pressure for you?

Ridder: "Yes it did, going into my high school games it really calms my nerves and I can go out there and play a lot better. I'm able to play my games a lot more relaxed and the game slows down a lot more. It makes it a lot easier for my teammates and I." 

Bearcat Insider: What offers did you receive other than Cincinnati?

Ridder: "First I received my offer from Cincinnati and then a few days later I received an offer from Eastern Kentucky University. A few days after I received the Eastern Kentucky offer, I committed to Cincinnati. I haven't received any other offers since." 

Bearcat Insider: Do you know any of the players on the Bearcats football team?

Ridder: "Yes, I know sophomore offensive lineman, John Kurtz, he went to my high school. I played with him my freshman year."

Bearcat Insider: Do you plan on visiting Cincinnati again before you officially move here?

Ridder: "I know we'll be up there for other games. I don't know when I'll make my official yet, but I know it'll be soon."

Bearcat Insider: How is your season going at St. Xavier HS?

Ridder: "It's going pretty good. We're 5-1 right now and this week we have one of the biggest games of the season, it's our rivalry game at Papa John's stadium. I'm just getting prepared for that and we're just taking it one game at a time."


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