First Junior Day Class 2007

A little late, but worth the wait. Who did Bearcat Insider see at the Bearcats Junior Day during the Louisville game?

Monday night was more then a basketball game at the University of Cincinnati. The first official Junior Day was held by the UC Football Coaches and several local prospects took the time to learn more about the Bearcats and take in a little hoop action.

Here is a look at some of the players believed to be in attendance Monday night.

The first player easy to pick out of the crowd is no stranger to Bearcat fans. With a brother already at UC, Garrett Celek is looking more and more like a top Division One prospect for 2007. At 6'5 - 225 lbs., Celek is in the same position his brother heading into his senior season. With good feet and nice athletic ability, the projected offensive lineman will need to gain some weight over the next couple of years. But one look at his older brother should show any college recruiter the younger Celek will mature into a nice college player in time.

Another player who Bearcat fans should be excited about showing interest in the hometown team is Caleb Lipsey. The 6'3 285 lb. defensive tackle from Sycamore High School has the toughness and size to play at the next level. I had the chance to see Lipsey play against La Salle this past year and came away very impressed with his ability and field toughness.

Joining Lipsey from Sycamore was Mike Latessa a 6'1 190 lb. linebacker.

Lakota West High School looks to have a few D-I prospects this fall with Solomon Thomas, Nate Toomy and Cory Monroe taking in the game. Thomas will see great interest with his 6'4 215 lb. frame over the next several months. Toomy stands 6'4 255 lbs. and played along the offensive line for the Firebirds this past season. Monroe is the sleeper in the group, but shouldn't be taken lightly with his 6'4 260 lb. frame. While Monroe hasn't played the minutes as he backed up a senior, talking with his father I've learned he's working hard this winter to prepare for several camps and combines.

Winton Woods is already seeing colleges take interest in Hosea Simpson, but while Simpson wasn't seen at the game, teammates Bradley Taylor (6'2 - 190) a receiver / free safety prospect, offensive line prospect Robert Brown (6'8 - 305) and Jonathan Davis took in the game.

The Moeller Crusaders also saw several players take in the action. Frank Becker (6'3 - 275) defensive line prospect, Greg Jones (6'2 - 210) linebacker/defensive end prospect, Brian Lane (6'3 - 230) defensive end/linebacker prospect, Patrick McClellan (6'3 - 180) cornerback prospect and Andrew Wersel (6'2 - 210) defensive end prospect.

Withrow Head Coach Doc Gamble also saw several of his players take in the game. Daryle Ballew (6'3 - 285) defensive tackle prospect, Tyrone Berry (5'8 - 170) running back prospect, Wendell Blue (6'3 - 265) offensive line prospect, Derrick Sherman (6'1 - 165) receiver prospect, Thomas Bryant (6'1 - 190) athlete prospect, Ricardo Thompson (6'2 - 200) linebacker prospect and Rafit Wheeler (5'10 - 175) receiver prospect.

Other top names in the Class of 2007 from the Cincinnati area at the game included offensive line prospects Mark Wetterer (Anderson HS), Chris Littleton (6‘6 - 285) Harrison HS. Also taking in the game was new Bearcat Oren Wilson.

While I'm sure I missed a few, these were the main players to take in Junior Day.


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