O-line Recruits Working Hard

A couple of Cincinnati's raw offensive line prospects spent three days on the UC campus working with Coach Quinn and some of the best high school coaches in the area on developing their game. Bearcat Insider spoke with both these young men.

Sean Hooey and Evan Davis will play on the offensive line at the University of Cincinnati, but both seniors-to-be are extremely inexperienced offensive linemen.  Spending three days which included nine practices with the offensive linemen at the University of Cincinnati's summer camp this week was a very good way for these potential stars to continue to develop their game.


Evan talked about his lack of experience on the offensive front.  "Last year was my first year of playing offensive line.  This year at Colerain I'll be playing tight end and defensive line."  Hooey has spent his last two seasons playing tight end at his high school and will again line up there this fall.  Attending UC's camp this week gave the 6' 8"/245 pound big man some valuable experience.  "The camp has been real good, and I've had a lot of fun.  I've also learned a lot of new things."


For some high school players, gathering college scholarship offers becomes almost a game to see how many can be garnered, but the recruiting process for these two polite young men became at times overwhelming.  Evan explained the reason for his extremely early decision (April 25).  "Yes, it was difficult, but this is my home town school with great facilities.  I wanted to get it (decision) out of the way for my senior year."  Evan also held an offer from Bowling Green where his older brother is a starting defensive lineman.


The sixteen-year-old Hooey also struggled with the pressures of recruiting.  One of his concerns about becoming a Bearcat was the urban setting of the campus and understanding what life would be like in Clifton, but after three days on campus this week, any concerns he may have had are now long gone.  "This trip I've gotten to see how the program works, and I've gotten to know the coaches better.  I'm even more excited."  The Michigan star committed to the Bearcats exactly one month after Davis (May 25) and had planned to attend camps at both Michigan and Michigan State.  Both schools indicated that an offer was a good possibility once he camped on their respective campuses, but the decision to become a Bearcat ended that speculation.  "Once I decided to commit to Cincinnati, there was no need for me to mess with that any more."


The 6' 4"/250 Davis knows the adjustment from high school star to college contributor will take time.  "I plan to redshirt.  I have a lot of weight to put on, probably about 40 pounds."  Like his future teammate, Sean knows redshirting next season is in his and the program's best interest.  "I definitely plan to redshirt my first year and put on as much weight as possible."


Both players plan to sign their official letter-of-intent in early February.


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