Tampa Safety Interests Bearcats

This Sunshine State safety received a scholarship offer from Cincinnati this week, and Bearcat Insider has the latest on his recruitment.

The Cincinnati football staff is like many other college staffs.  It knows Florida is a state loaded with Division IA football talent.  Because of that, some of the Bearcat coaches attended Florida high school spring games to get a closer look at the seniors-to-be.  Chuck Grace from Tampa's Hillsborough Senior High School apparently caught the eye of UC recruiting coordinator Mike Elston because Grace received a written scholarship offer in the mail this week from the Bearcats.


Bearcat Insider spoke with Grace a couple days after he received the UC offer.  The 5' 10"/175 pounder said he shouldn't be judged by his size.  "I guess they liked how I hit people."  Chuck reports 4.5 forty-yard-dash speed.


Because of NCAA rules restricting coaches' contact with recruits off campus, Grace says he hasn't had much dialogue with the Cincinnati staff.  "Coach Elston came down in May and saw me in a spring practice and got my highlight tape.  I haven't really talked to him except for one call, but I just received an offer a couple days ago."


Right now Cincinnati is the only Division IA school to make an offer, but Grace has been getting interest from Division IAA schools.  "I have an offer from Illinois St., and Georgia Southern and FIU have said they're going to offer."  Chuck says the hometown school has also shown interest.  "South Florida has recruited me, but I haven't received an offer."


A trip to Cincinnati is a possibility, but nothing is planned at this time.  "I've never been there before and don't know anything about it.  When I talked to Coach Elston, he said most visits are in December."  Chuck said he's not afraid of playing in a colder climate.  He just wants to go to a school where everything feels right.


Grace didn't think he was the only one on his team to get an offer from the Bearcats this week.  "I know they're interested in Marc Thomas and Andreas Ashwood too.  I think all of us got an offer."  Thomas is a 6' 3"/200 pound middle linebacker who led the Terriers in tackles last season.  Ashwood is a 6'/195 pound cornerback.


Chuck described himself.  "I don't say too much.  I'm always smiling.  I stay out of trouble."  Chuck has a 2.4 GPA and got a 19 on his first attempt at the ACT.


Hillsborough High School is a Division 4A school (6A is the largest division).  Because of its size, some of the players have to play both ways, and Chuck was also used as a receiver in the spring.


Bearcat Insider will check back with Chuck later in the summer.

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