Wednesday, April 4th-Practice #6

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 Cincinnati offers.


-Sean Hooey, the 6' 7.5"/245 pound, offensive line prospect from Hillsdale High School in Michigan attended today's practice with his father and mother.  Hooey received a Cincinnati offer about a week ago.


-Ryan Wallace, a 6' 6"/230 pound tight end at Bowling Green High School in Kentucky, visited Cincinnati's practice today with a couple teammates and a coach.  Wallace holds an offer from Cincinnati, Mississippi and Oklahoma 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 Cincinnati 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 Green.


-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 University next.


-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 saw.


-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 defensive backs.


-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 team.


-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.

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