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
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
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
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