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
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.
Mister Simpson, is apparently still working on his academics and trying to get
eligible to play at Cincinnati for the 2007
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.
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
Targets (L-R) Binns, Hilton, Robinson, Hughes
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.
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.