Ricardo Matthews Defects From Jackets

Bearcats see a defection come the other way. After losing one of their prized recruits on Sunday, Coach Mark Dantonio and his staff see a highly sought after prospect change his mind and look towards the Bearcats.

Just Sunday University of Cincinnati Football fans were upset about the loss of a prize recruit. Jason Sherman had a change of heart and bolted for home state South Florida instead of signing with the Bearcats on Wednesday. But in "Big Time" College Football, recruiting is never over until the ink dries and the paper work has been received by the college coaches.

This brings us to the final hours for the Class of 2006 and instead of being on the losing end with a recruit the Bearcats will pick up a top prospect they've worked hard for over the past several months from another BCS program Georgia Tech. The Jackets have felt Ricardo Matthews would sign his letter of intent since before Christmas. By giving his verbal commitment, Matthews slowed down his recruiting after seeing Central Florida, Maryland, Illinois, Tech and Cincinnati try and earn his commitment.

While Matthews may not be known to most Bearcat fans, his defection from an ACC program, along with him turning his back on other BCS programs shows how far the Bearcats have come during the past two years of recruiting. No longer are the Bearcats fighting low level Non-BCS schools for prospects. The battle lines have been drawn with the likes of Auburn, Ohio State, Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech to name a few.

while there are still some top players who will attend one of these non-BCS programs for other reasons, players who want to play for a Big East Championship and BCS berth or other major bowl game will look hard to Cincinnati.

The Bearcats coaching staff must have really impressed Matthews as he took an unofficial visit this past weekend to Georgia Tech to make sure about his commitment. After the trip was over the projected defensive tackle or defensive end spoke with his high school coach and made the call to inform the Bearcats he would be signing and the Yellow Jackets he would not.

Bearcat Insider will try and reach Ricardo Matthews tonight if possible or within the next two days.

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