Special Weekend For Bearcats Football

This past weekend Cincinnati head coach Brian Kelly and his staff looked to entertain many of the top Midwest prospects over the course of two days. Bearcat Insider has some names we've confirmed made visits to the Bearcats over the course of these two days with a few surprises.

From talking with several members of the Class of 2008, the crowd attending the Bearcats Junior Day on Saturday was something to see. With an estimated group of 140-160 high school prospects on the Cincinnati campus for Saturday's Junior Day alone, Brian Kelly and his staff found themselves with a huge crowd when you count in parents and other family members.

Saturday big news came from Trotwood-Madison tight-end Brandon Moore who visited and was offered. (Tim is working on the story)

Moore was joined by several other Rams on the day and we'll be talking with many of them as well. But Trotwood wasn't the only school to have players take advantage of the first official junior day under Brian Kelly. Several programs saw multiple prospects visit. With programs like Centerville, Withrow, Solon, Saint Ignatius, Northmont, Colerain, Hamilton, Lakota West and Moeller to name a few, the staff found many talented prospects to start the recruiting process with.

While Saturday had its share of nice looking players it was those who took in the Bearcats basketball game during Day Two that had those who follow recruiting really taking notice.

Just looking up into the crowd of where the Bearcats coaches sat you couldn't miss one of the top players in Ohio and the country. Mike Adams visited UC to see what Brian Kelly was all about. Adams was seen talking in-depth with Bearcats offensive line coach Jeff Quinn during the day and I'm sure he received an offer before he left. With offers from several programs across the country and many talking about Adams being one of the nations best prospect, just having Adams show interest in the Bearcats program is a sign of where the program is headed under Brian Kelly. With the success Coach Quinn has shown in getting players into the NFL does Adams have an interest? Time will only tell but Bearcat fans should take notice Coach Kelly is keeping his promise in going after any player he feels can help the Bearcats win a Big East Championship and BCS berth. But Adams wasn't the only big name seen on the day.

Three more prospects from Dublin Coffman High School also visited as Jake Stoneburner, Trey Fairchild and Steve Gardner all took in the action. Stoneburner has seen offers from the likes of Notre Dame come his way early Some has talked that Stoneburner has interest in the Bearcats so he can stay a wide receiver instead of playing tight-end in college. But while there was much buzz around the Coffman group, they weren't the only group to catch the eyes of those in attendance.

Lakota West saw Andrew Phalen and Bakari Bussey visit along with several members of Warren Central High School. Much of the buzz around Warren Central centered on Ed Hazelett (Class 2009) their young athletic tight-end. It was interesting looking into the stands and seeing Cincinnati recruiting coordinator Mike Elston standing between Hazelett and Hillsdale High School (Michigan) tight-end/offensive line prospect Sean Hooey. Elston, a former standout at Michigan is not short, but saw the duo tower over him with Hooey standing 6'7.5" and Hazelett standing 6'6.5".

Coach Elston (center) with Ed Hazelett (left) & Sean Hooey (right)

Sean Hooey is not only listed at 6'7.5", he is.

Middletown saw a few members of their program in attendance on Sunday and we'll have more on them later this week.

But one player Bearcat fans have targeted for the Class of 2008 also made another visit. Wide receiver DeVier Posey was there with his mother making it multiple times Posey has visited UC early during the process. We'll have more on DeVier as Tim is working on a story.

In all it looked as if 24-30 prospects made visits on Sunday and we'll be looking to confirm those during the week.

The group from Warren Central (Ind.) is sure to see college coaches keeping an eye.


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