Arin Gentry

Iowa Western offensive lineman Blake Yager comes back home to the Bearcats.

Blake Yager was a solid University of Cincinnati pledge following his pledge to former Cincinnati head coach Tommy Tuberville. However, after Tuberville stepped down as head coach, Yager saw the need to explore other options as the Bearcats searched for their new head coach. Tuesday, Yager told Bearcat Insider why he’s rejoining the Bearcats 2017 recruiting class.

With plans to early enroll at the university he selected, Blake Yager was caught between a rock and hard place when Cincinnati Bearcats head coach Tommy Tuberville stepped down.

While on an official visit to West Virginia, Yager saw that the Bearcats named Luke Fickell as their new head coach.  The pair quickly connected and the end results saw Yager being totally sold on the vision Fickell has for the Bearcats and his future.

“Winners breed winners breed winners,” said Yager.  “Coach Fickell is a family guy, a strong Christian, and a great coach.  I met him, spoke with him, and picked his brain.  He’s going to turn Cincinnati into a powerhouse, and I see myself standing right by his side as he does it.”

Yager doesn’t shy away from the fact he had almost completely removed the Bearcats from consideration.  But the feelings he found during his other visits to the Cincinnati campus, paid off in the end.  While others might have stressed about the decision.  Yager felt comfortable during the stretch run.

“I was leaning very strongly towards West Virginia and Texas State,” he stressed.  “I still had Cincinnati in the back of my mind, because I love the area.  I was never stressed, until Coach Fickell was hired, because I knew what decision I was going to make.  It was hard, but I knew that I was coming back home to Cincinnati.”

When asked the other reasons the Queen City had captured his heart.  Yager was not shy about the things that sold him on being a Bearcat.

“The area!  I love Cincinnati.  I love the fan base.  I love Athletic Director Mike Bohn,” he said.  “I love the culture surrounding the area.  I want to tell everyone I can about God, and Cincinnati is a huge town, so there’s plenty of people to tell.  Cincinnati is my home away from home, and I’m just excited to represent my city every Saturday.”

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