Bearcats Starting A Pipeline - Verbal Breakdown

The word is out that the Bearcats have received their second football verbal for the Class of 2006. Bob Lichtenfels spoke with Marcus Barnett about his verbal and Dave Berk gives a short breakdown on the player he firs saw at the Bearcats summer camp. Check out the photo link to see what makes Barnett a great catch.

Bob Lichtenfels


It's a little early to consider three recruits in two years a pipeline, but it may be the beginning of a relationship between Douglass high school and the University of Cincinnati. The Bearcats took Thomas Claggett and Patrick Mimms this season, and they have received an early verbal from another Douglass prospect for the Class of 2006.


Upper Marlboro (Md.) Douglass wide receiver Marcus Barnett (6-1.5, 165, 4.6) doesn't possess great size or speed, he doesn't have eye-popping statistics, and he won't show up on most ranking lists. He does however possess intangibles that often outweigh measureables.


Barnett captured the Maryland Class AAA high jump championship this spring by leaping 6'-4". He is a standout basketball player as well. Barnett was hurt in the recruiting process by a lack of quality film to show coaches. That didn't stop Cincinnati's Pat Narduzzi from making sure Barnett made his way to the bearcats summer camp.


Once Barnett showed his skills, the Bearcats offered and now Barnett has ended his recruitment.


"I committed last Tuesday or Wednesday," Barnett said. "I called up coach Narduzzi and told him I wanted to talk to him about my recruitment and that I wanted to be a Bearcat."


Barnett transferred from St. John's College high school in Washington D.C., where he earned second team All-WCAC honors.


We asked Barnett to tell us what his strengths and weaknesses are as a football player.


"I can jump. I think I read coverage's very quickly, and I have game speed,' He said.


"As far as things I can improve, I think I need to work on everything, no one is perfect at everything in this game."



14 Rec, 209 yds, 14.9 ypc 1 TD


While many would say.  How did this kid get an offer?  Keep in mind he was the third option at the receiver position and the other two players are both D-1 college players this fall. 


Last season Marcus saw most of the passes head to JJ Johnson and EJ Wynn.  Johnson is headed to Marshall, while Wynn is to play for Wake Forest.


Camp Earns Barnett Scholarship


Dave Berk


Bearcat Insider was the first to tell you about the latest Bearcat verbal first...

During the Bearcats Summer Camp, we saw several players make statements with their performance in front of the University of Cincinnati Football Coaches. One player we wrote about was Marcus Barnett.

With his verbal to the Bearcats, Barnett shows why camping at the college level is so important to any player who has interest in earning a full scholarship.

While Barnett doesn't jump out at you with his physical presence, once you see him perform on the field you know he's got great talent and upside. As Bob wrote in his article, UC signed two players from Barnett's school in last seasons class. Without those ties Barnett and several of his other teammates may not have made the long trip to Cincinnati to camp this summer.


Barnett has some great athletic skills and provides the Bearcats a receiver with average size but great leaping ability. But during the camp I saw several things that excited me about his long team potential. While not many in the recruiting world was talking about Barnett, I knew it would only be a matter of time before his offer would become official.

Marcus shows quick hands and feet and that helps make up for his slower foot speed. But while his hands and feet were quick, his ability to go up and snatch the football at its highest point is what sets him apart from all the others who camped at Colerain High School this summer.

A state champion in the high jump, Barnett will need to work hard in the weight room to add some bulk to his frame over the next year. But Bearcat fans should get excited about this talented Bearcat verbal, he's going to become a real steal in the Class of 2006.

Check out this photo taken at camp!


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