Centerville RB Attends Cincinnati's JR Day

The Bearcats will enter the 2007 season with three senior running backs so it's a good bet they'll sign a couple in their 2008 class. One of the candidates was Will Johnson's running mate last season for the Centerville Elks.

Greg Moore, Butler Benton and Bradley Glatthaar will all be entering their senior season in 2007 so it s a good bet the Bearcats will be looking to add a couple running backs to their 2008 recruiting class. One of the candidates and a player that attended last Sunday's Elite Junior Day at Cincinnati is Taneareus Collins of Centerville High School.

Collins stands 5' 11" and weighs 195 pounds and reports a 4.39 forty-yard dash and a 10.8 in the 100 meters. Some have described Collins as a "sleeper" since he has already attended four different high schools in Kentucky and Ohio. Last season he was Will Johnson's running mate at Centerville High School where he ran for 854 yards and a 10.8 yard per carry average. He also returned a couple of kickoffs for touchdowns.

Taneareus said he visited the Cincinnati campus with his girlfriend's father and described the visit. "I went with my girlfriend's dad. It was good but cold. We toured the facilities, and we talked about why Coach Kelly likes Cincinnati and the goals they are trying to meet."

Players with 4.39 speed will certainly get looks from a variety of schools, and that seems to be the case with Taneareus. "I'm hearing from Iowa, Utah, Ohio State and Cincinnati." As far as offers, "I should be getting an offer from UC." Taneareus said he likes the Bearcat coaching staff and their one back offense. Collins showed this year that he has the needed versatility with 8 rushing touchdowns and 6 receiving scores out of Centerville's Wing T option attack.

The 18-year-old junior reports a GPA between 2.5 and 2.8.

Because he's been so transient, he plans to attend a couple combines this spring and summer. "I plan to attend one in Cincinnati and one in Tennessee."

Although Taneareus has some interest in attending Cincinnati, the Bearcats don't sound like the leader at this point. "I don't intend to make any decision until after the season. I want to see how many offers I have." Collins admitted to liking the Bearcat program, but he was also very interested in looking at programs he considers more high profile in football.

When asked to comment on his strength as a runner, he replied. "I think I run hard, and I have pretty good vision." Taneareus also felt he was a combination of both a power runner and a slasher.

Centerville Elks that attended Cincinnati's Saturday's Junior Day included quarterback David Fleming (5' 11"/180), running back Tony Folino (5' 10"/170), running back James Cravens (6' 0"/210), wide receiver and kicker Zach Smith (5' 10"/170) and defensive lineman Drew Serruto (6' 6"/230).


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