A View From Shankpavilion-June

Every once in a while, I like to put together an article that includes a myriad of topics. It's been a while since the last one, but here's the latest View From Shankpavilion.

I spent part of last week in South Bend, Indiana.  Word hit the local newspaper on Tuesday that Fighting Irish freshman quarterback, Zach Frazer (6' 4"/226), was going to consider his options with a possible transfer.  Cincinnati would be an attractive destination for the Pennsylvania native with Brian Kelly's offense and Cincinnati's BCS affiliation in the Big East Conference.  Charlie Weis is on record saying he'd love to have Zach remain with the golden domers, but Weis has also said Frazer is his fourth string quarterback heading into summer practice.  The South Bend newspaper indicated that the MAC was a likely destination for the transfer, but people I trust in South Bend expect Frazer to check out the UC campus very, very soon.  I'm putting my money on Frazer's being a Bearcat in the near future.

 

Reports have surfaced that Trevor Anderson is transferring from Cincinnati.  I really hate the idea of losing this talented defensive end, but I could get no one to confirm or deny this rumor.  All I know for sure is Trevor hasn't been around campus lately, but the door is still apparently open for his return to UC.  If Anderson were to transfer, I seriously doubt he'll be wearing green and white.

 

Michigan transfer, Mister Simpson, is apparently still working on his academics and trying to get eligible to play at Cincinnati for the 2007 season.

 

Ben Mauk continues to rehab his shoulder and feels he's getting closer to being 100% healthy.  He's throwing the football several times a week and feels his arm is getting stronger.  When you look at the scar on his throwing arm, you can readily see what a devastating injury he suffered less than a year ago.  The scar is from the broken bone, and Ben also suffered a shoulder injury.

 

Scar on Ben Mauk's Arm

 

A number of the signees from the class of 2007 are enrolled in classes.  Here's a list of the guys I know are already in school and working out: Chazz Anderson, Armon Binns, John Hughes, Drew Frey, Tomaz Hilton, Scott Johnson, Craig Parmenter, Montez Patterson, Adrien Robinson, and O. J. Woodard.  There could be two or three more.

 

Bearcat Targets (L-R) Binns, Hilton, Robinson, Hughes

 

Chazz Anderson On Campus

 

 

 

With quarterback being such a pivotal spot for any team, Cincinnati continues to try to build depth at the position.  A source has told me that the UC staff is continuing to look hard at the state of Michigan.  Apparently, Brendon Kay from Marine City, Michigan is the latest high school signal caller to receive a Cincinnati offer.

 

Cincinnati verbals Sean Hooey and Evan Davis are participating in Cincinnati's three day high school camp this week.  Both are relatively new to the offensive line and are taking advantage of the three-a-days of camp working with Coach Quinn.  Even after announcing his intention to attend Cincinnati, Hooey continued to get phone calls from both Michigan and Michigan State.  That is until he made it very clear to both schools that he was a "solid" Bearcat verbal.  Hooey's older sister attends Southern Cal and will be auditioning for a movie role in the near future.  We'll have a story about both these youngsters in the next day or two.

 

Evan Davis & Sean Hooey

 

Frank Becker just completed a couple weeks on the all-star circuit with participation in the East/West game at Colerain and the Big 33 game in Pennsylvania.  Big Frank played both offense and defense at Moeller but had originally been told he would begin his Cincinnati career at center.  Becker's all-star play may have changed some minds because he is now a candidate to play defensive tackle for the Bearcats.

 

On Monday, Jared Rains, son of Bearcat great Dan Rains, became the 10th Cincinnati verbal commitment this summer.  I don't EVER remember UC having this many verbal commitments this early in the recruiting season, but I don't expect activity to slow down any time soon.  I think there is a very good chance they will add another handful of commitments in the next week or two.  Incidently, I did a "Where Are They Now" article in the Bearcat Sports Digest several years ago about Dan Rains.  Rains was a UC captain and played with the Super Bowl champion Chicago Bears in 1986.  You may remember the Super Bowl Shuffle video prior to the game.  I remember Rains telling me he was the white guy dancing with the good rhythm in the back of the video.

 

After talking to several past players, I think the Bearcats could be losing Derrick Stewart.  I always hold out hope until an official announcement is made, but things are not looking very good for the Youngstown native's return.

 

There are a number of players in the 2007 recruiting class that are athletic and versatile enough to project at playing a number of positions at Cincinnati.  It should be an interesting summer as the coaches try to sort out this talent.

 

One of the early verbals that spends a lot of time on the UC campus is Ike Iloegbu from Harmony Community School.  A UC coach described Ike as football's equivalent to a basketball "gym rat."  We'll be having another story on Ike in the next day or two.   

 

Ike Iloegbu


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