The cold weather arrived in time for Wednesday's practice, and there were plenty of recruits caught off guard as they were shivering on the sideline of Nippert Stadium. Bearcat Insider spoke with most of them and also got to see some of the action on the field.
There were a number of visitors at practice today, and some even held
-Sean Hooey, the 6' 7.5"/245 pound, offensive line prospect from
School in Michigan attended today's practice with his
father and mother. Hooey received a
about a week ago.
-Ryan Wallace, a 6' 6"/230 pound tight end at Bowling Green High
School in Kentucky, visited
practice today with a couple teammates and a coach. Wallace holds an offer from Cincinnati, Mississippi
State. Accompanying Wallace were teammates
Jared Carpenter (6' 1"/190 pound safety) and D. L. Moore (6' 6" wide
receiver). Carpenter and Moore have
scholarship offers from Western Kentucky. The trio have already visited Kentucky and will be headed to Mississippi State, Mississippi and Alabama later in the week. Bowling Green lost in last year's 3A state
championship game to Covington Catholic.
-Although he doesn't presently hold a Cincinnati offer, Marc Stevens (6' 6"/295) from Lexington, Ohio visited
unofficially with his father and teammate, Ben Boerner (6' 3.5"/185 pound
receiver). They were in Louisville yesterday
watching a Cardinal practice.
Stevens, an offensive lineman, holds offers from Akron and Bowling
-Another player attending practice with reported offers was Marvon
Sanders from Ypsilanti,
Michigan. Marvon and his father said they were
very interested in Cincinnati ever since Coach Kelly and his staff
arrived. Marvon is only 5' 8" but
reports a 4.4 forty time. They
named home town Eastern Michigan University and Indiana University as already making offers. They are very interested in Coach Kelly's
offense and said "the ball is now in UC's court" on whether the Bearcats want to
make an offer. The Sanders were
headed to Indiana
-Other local players in attendance were Fitz Williams of Moeller High School. Fitz is a 6' 5"/275 pound offensive
lineman who alternated with Bearcat signee Frank Becker last season. A senior running back from Colerain High School, Trammell Williams, watched
practice with his father. The 5'
10"/190 pounder with a reported 4.4 forty was a late academic qualifier and is
looking at the possibility of walking on at Cincinnati. Elder punter Michael Cook watched
practice. Cook said he averaged
41.7 yards a punt last season and was all-league, all-district and
all-city. Finally, Jared Suvar, a
6' 2"/225 pound linebacker/tightend from Big Walnut
High School, watched
practice with his father.
-Cincinnati winter signee Montez Patterson
(RB) walked across the street (Hughes Center) with his high school coach, George
Kontsis, to watch today's practice.
Montez was wearing his new Cincinnati sweatshirt.
After getting acquainted with the recruits, I was able to watch some of
today's practice. Here's what I
-Brad Jones seemed to be getting reps with both the cornerbacks and the
outside linebackers. Jones picked
off a Craig Carey pass in a one-on-one drill between the receivers and the
-Anthony Hoke had a tackle for loss today.
-A rare event happened today.
I saw DeAngelo Smith (CB) drop a ball thrown by Dustin Grutza. Smith has some of the best hands on the
-In a team drill, Carey made a nice throw to John Goebel on a post route
for a nice gain of 20-25 yards.
-Andre Revels continues to fight for that middle linebacker job when he
intercepted Tony Pike on a tipped pass.
-One day after being moved from linebacker to center, Jason Kelce seemed
comfortable when the quarterback was under center, but shot gun snaps were
tougher for the novice.
-The offense really seemed to work more on the running game in a team
drill today. It was the most I've
seem them run the football.
-Ricardo Matthews replaced Adam Hopple at defensive tackle with the #1
unit, and Ryan Manalac got a lot of reps at OLB with the #1 group.
-Jacob Ramsey showed some of his speed, power and elusiveness with a
couple of very nice runs.
-Maybe the hit of the day was when Butler Benton ran over
top of Haruki Nakamura. Haruki is a
big hitter, but Butler got the better of it today.
-Terrill Byrd was getting quite a bit of penetration today along with
Angelo Craig. Both players had a
couple of tackles for loss. Angelo
Craig also got two sacks of Craig Carey although defenders aren't really
permitted to hit the quarterbacks.
-I saw Ben Guidugli drop a couple passes today.
After practice I spoke with Torry Cornett (MLB) and linebacker coach Tim
Hinton. We'll have a story about
Torry in the next couple days.