There's one obvious place for me to start. I've called them the "Chaminade-Julienne Quartet" (Joey Homan, Blake McCroskey, Rob Trigg and Will Johnson), but with Will Johnson heading to West Virginia, I guess I'll have to change the name. Nevertheless, when I caught up with Joey Homan (6‘ 0"/210), he was doing what he does best-preparing for next season. Joey, Blake McCroskey and Will Johnson had spent their evening at Bally Total Fitness lifting weights since their high schools were closed. The All-GCL linebacker from Chaminade-Julienne said he'd love to continue his career as a preferred walk-on at UC and has been in contact with Cincinnati's staff, but nothing has been settled. "I told them I have offers from I AA's like Robert Morris and Youngstown State, but I'd like to go the route with them even as a preferred walk-on. I'm keeping my fingers crossed hoping something works out with them." Joe already has a Division IA offer from Toledo to be a preferred walk-on.
Joe was told by another friend, Chris Rutledge (OLB) from Northmont High School, that Rutledge will be joining the Bearcats as a preferred walk-on. Rutledge started his high school career at Chaminade-Julienne until transferring to Northmont after his freshman year. Blake McCroskey and Rob Trigg will sign their letters of intent to attend Cincinnati on Wednesday morning, and Will Johnson will sign his to attend West Virginia.
Clinton Massie's Drew Frey will sign with Cincinnati on Wednesday, but the quarterback that got Frey the ball, Tyler Sargent, will be taking his game to Lexington, Kentucky. Tyler explained why he chose Kentucky. "I went down there for a camp this past summer and liked it a lot. I got kind of close to Coach (Joker) Phillips, and he liked me a lot and got me started with the whole walking on process. They took only one quarterback, the (Matt) Lentz kid from South Carolina. They offered me a chance to walk-on, and I really like the school, campus and as far as medicine goes it's really good." Tyler is an excellent student and wants to become a doctor.
Billy Alexander, a defensive back from Tecumseh High School, hasn't made a final decision yet. "As of right now, it's between Ohio University and Mount Union." Billy said Ohio University is offering him a chance to be a greyshirt. That means Billy wouldn't enroll until January and would become a member of their 2008 class. Billy had considered some Ivy League schools as well but decided he wanted to stay closer to home. Mount Union is a Division III powerhouse but doesn't offer athletic scholarships.
Mike Switzer (6‘ 5"/275), a scout.com 2 star offensive tackle from Lawrence North High School in Indiana, has decided to play his college ball in the Hoosier State. "I plan to go to Ball State. I visited there the first week of December and really liked it. I'm really excited to sign on Wednesday." Mike said the Cardinal staff wasn't sure if he'd be redshirted next year, but they've identified him as an offensive tackle.
Andy Putoff, a defensive end from St. Henry High School in Ohio, will be joining Mike Switzer in Muncie, Indiana. "I'm going to Ball State. I enjoyed my visit there." Andy was a high school teammate of UC freshman redshirt offensive lineman Toby Boeckman, and the two remain very close friends. "Toby's really starting to pack on the pounds. He's up to about 280. He said he's gained about 31 pounds since he got to Cincinnati."
All these young men will get the opportunity to continue their football careers in college, and that in itself is an achievement. I also wanted to thank each of them personally for taking the time to talk with me over the last few months, and apologize to Will Johnson and his mother for contributing to Will's rather large cell phone bill.
***NOTE FROM BCI FOUNDER DAVE BERK***
It's hard to believe the Class of 2007 is getting ready to sign their names on the dotted line. We've already started the process of covering the names you'll get to know in the Class of 2008 and with our expanded staff I'm sure we'll be on top of many of the hot stories over the course of the next twelve months.
The Bearcats football staff will soon be holding a Junior Day and that day will start the process for Brian Kelly and his staff to sell all the great things going on at UC. We look forward to covering the many names we'll come across during the coming months and hope to have the same success we've seen this year.
The many players making up the Class of 2007 were special. Tim and I both want to thank these young men and their families for allowing us the chance to pry and learn more about them and recruiting process they were living. We saw dreams achieved and some go unfulfilled, but overall all of the kids we covered are winners in the biggest game they'll play. Life!
From Bearcat Insider we wish all of you the best and hope you find success on and off the field in the years ahead.