Day one saw a larger than expected turnout with 255 seniors on campus. Varsity Village was used to its maximum advantage as players rotated from Shakely Lawn, Gettler Soccer Stadium, and Nippert. Not only is this a great chance for the Cincinnati coaching staff to evaluate players but a great chance to show off the facilities, in speaking with several of the high school coaches on hand they were highly impressed with Varsity Village.
It is very clear that many high school coaches view UC as having some of the best facilities in the country and the condensed layout is a big advantage. Players and coaches also toured the weight room, training facilities, and meeting rooms. In total the UC coaching staff expects well over 500 seniors on campus before the end of the camp, which is about a 40% increase from last year. The UC coaching staff really get's rave reviews from the high school coaches on there professionalism and organization. When you combine the staff and facilities with being in the Big East it isn't hard to imagine why more kids are attracted to becoming Bearcats.
Not only is this likely the most highly attended camp ever at UC, it also may the deepest in terms of talent. With the number of kids visiting there will be plenty of BCS talent that won't even get a UC offer, at some point it becomes a simple matter of numbers. A reasonable guess would be that the Bearcats have about 20 total scholarships to give, with 5 player already committed they are down to 15 tops. There were significantly more than 15 BCS caliber players on hand today, so the basics tenants of supply and demand should see more commits coming soon. UC will make offers but players will know up front that the commits are first come basis. It looks like for the first time in its history UC football is able to operate like a big time program.
Sunday saw the return of the Ted Ginn Bus Tour and the many number of prospects onboard. A few players on the tour have picked up Bearcat offers over the course of the past few months and Sunday gave them a chance to learn more about the staff.
Glenville High School wide receiver Cordell Scott was one of the big names on hand Sunday. The 6-foot-3 Scott holds several offers with Ohio State and Wisconsin leading the way. He was joined by teammate Donnie Fletcher at camp who is looking to pick up a Bearcats offer. Some feel Fletcher needs to do a little more work in the classroom before the Bearcats will pull the trigger.
One of the top prospect to take in the first day was running back/ defensive back Issiah Pead. At 5-foot-11, Pead has the size and speed college programs from across the country are looking for.
A couple of the most intriguing prospects on the day were Derick Wolfe and Cameron Cheatham. Wolfe is an under the radar lineman who measures 6-foot-6, 280-pounds with 4.9 speed. Cheatham is also going under the radar but showed great speed on the day and has been timed in the forty at 4.39.
Later this week look for verbal Dominick Britt to visit and work with the offensive staff during his stay. Other non-verbal Rams should also join in the fun at Nippert Stadium.
Bearcat Insider will be on hand all week for each session and update you on offers and commits as they come in.