10 DAYS AND COUNTING
The past two weeks may go down as the difference in the Bearcat football program ever reaching the level desired by fans. With verbal commitments coming in left and right, UC has closed the door on local talent for the 2005 class. While Commitment Day stands only 10 days away, Bearcat fans must remain humble until the ink dries and all the faxes and Federal Express packages have arrived on all the NLI's to the Bearcat Football offices.
Why are Bearcat fans so geek about this class? It's easy! Hometown talent made the choice to stay home for a change. While UC has always had some Cincinnati and Southwest Ohio talent, this year's class includes some of the highest touted prospects ever to make the call and stay home. In years past, many have said if the Bearcats could keep Cincinnati high school talent home, they could become a Top 25 program.
How committed are the Bearcat Coaches about keeping hometown talent at UC. In response to that question, UC Recruiting Coordinator Mark Staten had the following to say.
"Our efforts at the University of Cincinnati are to have the best Cincinnati players continuing their academic and football career with their hometown team. We are continuing to develop the relationships with the coaches and administrators who in turn will allow us the opportunity to recruit their student athletes. We will be thorough and informed in the state of Ohio and meet our needs throughout the other areas that we recruit. The move to the Big East helps. We now are one of two BCS teams in our football rich state."
The comments from Coach Staten said it all. With a commitment from the coaching staff, Bearcat fans now know the program is working Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky and the state of Ohio hard. As they say, the proof is in the pudding and right now the pudding smells sweet.
NO HYPE JUST QUALITY
As players like Dominick Goodman, Terrill Byrd, Craig Carey and Andre Revels lead the way, the Class of 2005 and future classes will keep a hometown feel. Those who live in Southwest Ohio have been waiting for a class like this one. We know what type of talent lives in Southwest Ohio and Ohio as a whole. We don't need some recruiting experts "Star Rating" to tell us if a kid can play or not. We see some of the best high school football in the country. So when all is said and done, and we look back four or five years from now, Bearcat fans can say "Remember When" that is how special this class is and will become.
DON'T FORGET ABOUT
With all the talk about this year's class, we soon forget just how good the Class of 2004 was. With players like Butler Benton, Bradley Glatthaar, Anthony Hoke and Tyjuan Jones, the Bearcat class didn't get many stars. But they did get players who want to be at UC and be part of its great future. And also don't forget UC has Delbert Ferguson who red-shirted this past season.
OUR PART YET TO COME
Bearcat coaches have worked many hours getting these kids to buy into the future of an up and coming program. The University has invested millions of dollars into new weight rooms, training rooms and improvements within the athletic program. Remember, as we celebrate this great recruiting class, we need to do our part.
Having watched Big East football for the past five seasons, I know what lies ahead. Schools like West Virginia, Pittsburgh and Syracuse will test the Bearcats like never before. And don't forget they also have fans that travel. Three seasons ago West Virginia fans made the trip into Cincinnati and provided the Mountaineers a home crowd. This can't and won't be tolerated with the talent the Bearcats will place on the field in the next few years.
While I know many of you bleed Red & Black, we need to get more fans involved and excited about what Coach D is building. If you haven't already done so call UCats and help the program reach national football status.
The Bearcats are now eligible to play for a National Title.
In our first 18 days Bearcat Insider has brought you the commitments of Terrill Byrd, Andre Revels and Craig Carey and we told you about a junior the Bearcat coaches offered at the Wake Forest game. We spoke with Tyler Clifford and ended the talk of his verbal being "Soft". We spoke with Marshawn Gilyard, Michael Mickens, Andre Revels and Terrill Byrd on the football side. And we spoke with Basketball recruits Tyree Evans and Devan Downey. And who gave you the scoop on the top prospects that would be watching the Bearcats play Wake Forest? "Bearcat Insider" For those who missed it O.J. Mayo, Bill Walker, Daequan Cook, Mark Anderson and Aaron Pogue all visited the Bearcats on Saturday.
While it may sound like were blowing our own horn, "We are" Bearcat Insider is not just a message board you can post on. While we have the boards and welcome you to post until your fingers drop, were going to give you more. We don't just give you game recaps of the game you listened to or watched on T.V. We talk with the players in the UC program, the players looking to become apart of the UC program and the people in the know about Bearcat sports.
Many are jumping on board and we want to thank you for doing so. Your support is needed for us to reach our goals. Give us time and you will see the best Bearcat site in the country.
At this time plans are in the works for a "Color Glossy" magazine. We will also be working to bring you video interviews and a Bearcat Insider Internet show.
Stay with us during the next 10 days as Bearcat Insider will talk with the Bearcat football coaches about the new class on National Signing Day.
Then we prepare for a strong run by Coach Huggins and the Bearcat basketball program during the Conference USA Tournament and the NCAA Tournament.
HAD ENOUGH NOW?
Sorry for this being so long, but that's how excited we are here at Bearcat Insider about what the future holds. To end my rants just remember.