Sean Hooey-"I'm excited to be a Bearcat."

Four days after making his third unofficial visit to Cincinnati, Sean Hooey pulled the trigger and verbally committed to the Bearcats. Bearcat Insider spoke to Hooey hours after making the call to UC.

After talking to Sean Hooey last Tuesday, it was apparent the recruiting process had taken its toll on the 6' 8"/240 pound offensive line prospect from Hillsdale, Michigan, so Friday the man-child decided to end the suspense and declared himself a Bearcat.  Sean explained the reasoning for the abrupt decision.  "One of the major things holding me back was the campus.  I really didn't have a feel for it.  After the recent visit, I decided no matter where I go I'm not going to spend a lot of time outside the campus.  I think it was the best choice for me academically and athletically.  I think it will pay off in the long run for sure.  I thought all roads seemed to end in Cincinnati so that's where I decided to go."


Sean explained the specifics of today's commitment.  "Coach Quinn was around recruiting, and I had called Coach Elston, he told me Coach Quinn was going to swing by my school. So Coach Quinn came and talked with my coach this morning (Friday). After he left I called him and gave him the news.   I'm excited to be a Bearcat."  So are Bearcat football fans.


As expected from this close knit family, Sean arrived at his decision only after consulting his parents.  "I sat down with both my parents.  My dad always wanted me to go to Cincinnati, but I wasn't going on that alone.  I did what a lot of coaches have told me to do.  I sat down and wrote a list of the pros and cons for quite a few colleges.  Cincinnati was the best.  I talked with my parents, and they agreed Cincinnati was the best place for me."


Verbal agreements are not binding, and in-state schools like Michigan and Michigan State have shown considerable interest in offering Sean a scholarship so he was asked if his recruitment is truly over.  Hooey replied emphatically, "It's a done deal."


This very bright and personable young man was totally different in today's interview.  He was extremely upbeat, and anyone could tell a weight had been lifted from his shoulders with today's decision.  Sean turned down several offers, among them a Big Ten offer from Purdue.


Hooey is bringing an attitude UC fans want to hear from its players.  "I'm really excited to spend my next five years there.  I'll give them all I've got, and hopefully we'll get a BCS bowl championship and a Big East championship."


Sean Hooey joins Colerain's Evan Davis as Cincinnati's second verbal commitment this spring and gives Brian Kelly and his staff a great start on their 2008 recruiting class.

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