The Class of 2005 saw the Bearcats land a hidden gem from the "Show Me State". Can they repeat that feat in the Class of 2006? We'll know come February when letters of intent are signed, sealed and delivered.
Kazeem Alli may not have gotten the press deserving of a top prospect, but that didn't stop the University of Cincinnati from taking the super-athletic tight end in last years class. As a Hidden Gem, Alli is going to open many eyes over the next four seasons.
Well it's a new year and the Bearcats are showing interest in another top prospect from the "Show Me State". Tyler Epstein has already visited the Bearcats during the spring. As one of the many prospects who visited during Junior Day in April, Epstein saw all that was being built for the future success of the Bearcats in the Big East Conference. To say the least, Tyler and his family were impressed with what the Bearcats are building.
What does Tyler Epstein bring to the table? Well just look at his numbers from the past two seasons and you will see a tackling machine.
The talented linebacker posted some top numbers over the past two seasons and has seen a couple programs show interest. With Iowa and Wisconsin showing early interest, Tyler is seeing teams from his part of the Mid-West take notice. During this past season Tyler posted 114 solo tackles along with 30 assisted tackles. He also recorded 5 sacks and hauled in 2 interceptions.
That followed a sophomore season that saw Tyler post 116 tackles. While Tyler has no reported offers at this time, it should be only a matter of time when Tyler will earn that first big offer. With Bearcat coaches on the road, will they be making a stop at Farmington Senior High School?
In watching tape of Tyler I see a linebacker who has a nose for the ball. He goes sideline-to-sideline and is also able to shot gaps and make plays behind the line of scrimmage. Bearcat Insider has this exclusive video of Tyler thanks to his coaches. Tyler is number 44.
Coach Todd McKinney had this to say about Tyler. "Tyler is a great kid. He's a great student who received the honor of being named to Boys State, which is a real academic honor in Missouri. Tyler comes from a great family and is one of the hardest working kids we have. He was the only Junior linebacker to be named AP All-State.