On The Bearcats Bandwagon
Trotwood-Madison quarterback Domonick Britt was on hand for Day Two with his head coach and a few teammates. Britt enjoyed working with quarterback coach Greg Forrest and was one of the top performers on the day from the speed guys. Afterwards the Bearcats commitment talked about getting others on board from Trotwood-Madison as well as players from across the country. Domonick stressed how he's working to get others Rams and those who've already given their commitment to another summer camp so all could get to know each other. He also talked about getting the phones working and having Bearcat commitments working on some of the top players with offers to build the Bearcats into a Big East and National Championship team.
Jamiihr "Big Time" Williams
Williams has seen enough camps and combines for a small army of prospects. "Big Time" has done well at all of the camps and continues picking up offers as he crosses the area with his coach Mo Douglas. On Monday he was one of the top performers in the "Big Skills" area of events and was seen talking with several of the Bearcats coaches. In talking with Jamiihr he's saying he wants to finish seeing a few more programs before sitting down with his father and making the call. He's also got Domonick in his ear telling him he's going to be a Bearcat. This kid can play and would be another great pickup for Brian Kelly and his staff.
JAMIIHR "BIG TIME" WILLIAMS
Tight Ends Anyone?
Yes the Bearcats do need tight ends. It's a myth that Brian Kelly doesn't need tight ends in his offense. While they don't have the standard responsibilities of being a major blocker they need to have great hands and the ability to handle themselves in blocking protection. On Monday three players showed great ability with a few standing out.
Chance Boone and Josh Richardson both did well in the "Big Skills" area during the day. Both players are the complete package and showed why several programs will be giving the players looks. Richardson has the type of body the Bearcat staff looks for in a player as he's tall and lean with much room to grow. Boone has a solid build with room to add some weight as he grows. Another player who may not be the complete package but did very well was Matt Green.
Offensive Linemen On The Scene
There were a few good looking offensive linemen on hand on Monday that will be playing college football before it's all over. Tim German has the size you look for at 6-foot-5, 280-pounds and showed he's got some skills to go with it. While he gets overlooked as one of the blockers for hot Class of 2009 running back Storm Klein, German is one of the main reasons Klein is posting the big numbers in Licking Valley's offense. His performance on Monday should open some eyes across the Midwest as recruiting heats up.
Another lineman that will be getting some looks from programs across the Midwest is Kyle Magnuson of Elkhart, Indiana. At 6-foot-6, 300-pounds Magnuson did very well in the strength part of camp and showed he's not just a slow football big-man unable to move his feet.
Defensive Line & Possible Bearcat In The Making
Three players stood out during the defensive line portion of camp. Cincinnati native Larry Black (Wyoming HS) first showed many he was a name to watch during his visit to the Scout.com combine in Cincinnati this past spring. Since then he's picked up a couple of offers but has always expressed his interest in looking at the Bearcats. From his performance on Monday I'd be very surprised if he didn't get an offer before the week is out. Larry is explosive and strong and was one of the top overall performers on the day.
Ike Washington is starting to see his stock rise and it should be no surprise as he's from Trotwood-Madison High School. He also did well in the Big Skills part of camp and showed he's going to get his own offers in the coming weeks. The Bearcats could offer but I think it'll be a week or more before we know for sure.
Another player I've not seen before is Jordan Bright a teammate of Larry Black's. Bright has the type of body you can build upon and make into a major force along the defensive line. At 6-foot-7 keep your ears open as someone is going to take this kid. He also performed well during the Big Skills part of camp.
Another Sunshine Safety
Patrick Lambert may have had the longest trip of any camper on Monday. The Kissimmee, Florida native (Osceola High School) is a 6-foot-1, 180-pound snot-knocker of a safety that walked away with an offer before the day was over. On the trip with his father Lambert was all smiles as he left Bearcats camp on Monday after he was one of the top overall performers on the day.
Speed & Surprises
One thing that always stands out is a player with speed. On Monday a couple of guys really jumped out at you and for good reasons. Lamonte Lattimore entered the day as an unknown prospect. By the end of camp he was making a name for himself with his great speed. The Winton Woods prospect is one to watch as the summer continues.
And don't be surprised as Mo Douglas and his fast running Rams have another prospect busting onto the scene. Derricus Purdy (6-foot-1, 170-pounds) may not be known by those in the recruiting world but he'll soon be a household name. Having camped at West Virginia on Sunday and Cincinnati on Monday the speed demon ran a 4.42 in Morgantown and a 4.50 at UC while blowing up his cleats. With the heat from the turf and the heat coming off his feet, Purdy will have to get a new pair of cleats before his next camp.
Workman Cravens Getting Looks
One player I really like is Jay Cravens. Listed in the Scout.com database as James Cravens, the hard- nosed running back from Centerville High School just knows how to compete and work hard. He showed well at Ohio State on Sunday and at Cincinnati on Monday. At the end of camp Cravens was seen talking with Coach Brian Kelly.
Unknown to Known
That is what Robert Harris from South High School (Columbus) can say after his day at Bearcats Senior camp. At 5-foot-8, 193-pounds, Harris has a strong build and should be able to find a program looking for a player with his skills. I don't know if the Bearcats would be that program but someone will like what he brings to the table.