Harmony Twins Considering Cincinnati

The Bearcats already have secured a verbal commitment from Harmony's Ike Iloegbu for their 2008 recruiting class. Could Cincinnati be returning to the local prep school to add twins to their recruiting haul? Bearcat Insider has the latest.

Omar and Octavius Leftwich came to Cincinnati from Redeemer Christian Academy in Alabama in March of this year, and the twins plan to play their football at Harmony Community School in 2007.  When Bearcat Insider reached Octavius, he and his brother had returned to Alabama but expected to be back in Cincinnati by the weekend.


Bearcat assistant coach, Ernest Jones, is recruiting the inseparable twins for the Bearcats.  The brothers are very close in every way including size.  Both stand 6' 1" and weigh in the neighborhood of 180 pounds.  Although Omar had been playing receiver, Octavius, a cornerback, said his brother is expecting to change positions this fall.  "Omar was playing receiver, but he just recently switched to corner."  This could make for a crowded Harmony defensive backfield since Ike Iloegbu, a Cincinnati commitment, also plans to play cornerback at Harmony this season.  Octavius knows the competition for playing time will be tough.  "Ike is a good competitor, and he's probably got it right now.  But we're going to work hard."


Although the twins are planning to play cornerback this season at Harmony, they are very versatile according to Octavius.  "I've played quarterback and running back in high school.  We both played pretty much everything for our team."  Octavius explained why he and his brother didn't get a lot of notoriety in high school.  "We played in a free lance division.  We didn't play public schools so we didn't get things like all-state."


Octavius regretted that he and his brother couldn't attend any camps this summer.  "We haven't had the chance to go.  I had planned to go to one camp but couldn't go."


The one solid offer at this point appears to be Troy, but the Bearcats have apparently indicated they could make an official offer once they see the twins workout. 


There are reports that the Bearcats will award 18 scholarships for 2008, and Coach Kelly already has 13 verbal commitments.  That doesn't leave a lot of wiggle room for Octavius and Omar if they plan to attend the same school, which they do.  The boys are aware of the situation.  "Coach Jones has said their scholarships are going fast, and we need to get back to Cincinnati so they have a chance to see us and make the offers official.  I had thought I wouldn't make a decision until the season, and I'd like to have something closer to home, but I don't know."


Troy is in the twins' home state of Alabama, but Octavius didn't sound too anxious to jump at the Trojans' offer.  "I really haven't talked to them that much.  I've actually talked more to Cincinnati."  If Octavius could name a school of choice, he responded with Auburn or Alabama.


Octavius originally said he and Omar would probably not make a college decision until their season got underway at Harmony, but reneged on that statement only minutes later.  "But if we get back to Cincinnati and everything works-their coaches have a chance to see us perform and they offer, we'd probably make a verbal to Cincinnati."  Octavius said his immediate plans are to return to the Queen City on Saturday.  Bearcat Insider will check back with him next week.

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