Bearcat assistant coach, Kerry Coombs, is working a familiar territory as he returns to Colerain to recruit players he once coached.
On Monday, April 16, Evan Davis returned to a Cincinnati spring football practice with his parents to
receive a Cincinnati scholarship offer. Davis had made an unofficial visit to a UC
spring practice the previous Friday.
Davis is a 6' 4"/245 pound
offensive tackle at Colerain
High School, and Cincinnati is the second
school to make an offer. Bowling Green University, where his older brother Nick
(6' 3"/281 pounds) started on the defensive line until an injury last season,
was the first.
Davis apparently has a huge upside since he has
played only one season on the offensive line. He was moved over from the defensive
line last season to claim one of Colerain's starting tackle jobs as a
junior. Although Davis is currently
weighing only 245 pounds, he seems to fit the profile of what Coach Kelly wants
in his offensive linemen.
Colerain assistant head coach and offensive line coach, John Cook, spoke
with Bearcat Insider about Davis.
"Evan is a great kid. He
comes from a good family with a great work ethic. He's very determined to be successful on
and off the field. He's got a good
body, and I think that's what recruiters are starting to see. He's very athletic and plays basketball
at Colerain. He's got good
flexibility and good quickness. His
frame will allow him to easily put on some weight. He's working his tail off in the weight
room and excited about his future.
He's not sure what he's going to do yet and looking at his
Although there are only two offers at this time, the choice might be more
complicated than usual since Evan's brother will still be at Bowling Green for one
season if Evan were to chose the Falcons.
On the other hand, Kerry Coombs, his old head coach, is the pitch man for
the Bearcats. The other advantage
the Bearcats may have is the fact that strength and conditioning coach, Paul
Longo, loves building kids like Evan into NFL caliber offensive
Evan gave his feelings on the two interested schools. "Cincinnati is in the Big East, and it's bigger
than the MAC. I'd like to play
bigger football. One of the
positives for Bowling
Green is my brother is up there, and I'd get to play a
year with him. I also like the area
up there. It's not a city
school. It's country style like
I've grown up, but I'm not sure if the coaching staff will stay together. Brian Kelly just got to Cincinnati, and he's been
with some of those guys for 19 years.
I like his coaching staff."
After a 20-6 start in his initial two seasons at Bowling Green, Gregg
Brandon is 10-13 since. Brian
Kelly's Central Michigan squad over the same
period of time in the same league posted a 15-8 record.
Some players like to make their college decision early, and apparently
Evan is one of them. "I want to
make it as soon as possible. I want
to get it out of the way and don't want to be thinking about it during my senior
year of football."
Evan plays offensive tackle at Colerain, but he believes he may switch
positions if he becomes a Bearcat.
"I think they're recruiting me as a tight end. Coach Quinn said that to me, but I think
it's still up in the air whether I'll play tight end or offensive
Like many of Coach Kelly's recruits, Evan is a good student. "I carry a 3.3 grade point average. My core is like 4.0." Evan is planning to major in civil