Cincinnati Passing Tourney Report-Thursday

The University of Cincinnati had its second consecutive passing tournament on Thursday. Ben Mauk's Kenton High School squad, coached by Ben's father, won Wednesday's tourney, and Hamilton High School defeated a surprise finalist in Finneytown High School for Thursday's championship.

On Thursday, the University of Cincinnati hosted its second passing tournament in as many days with Hamilton High School taking home the trophy.  The Big Blue defeated the Finneytown Wildcats in the final game.  Other teams participating included Batavia, Xenia, Trimble High near Athens, Ohio, Turpin, Loveland, Hamilton Township in Columbus, Oak Park of Detroit, Springboro, Dayton Jefferson and a returnee from Wednesday-Cathedral Prep in Erie, Pennsylvania.


Bearcat Insider got to see a lot of balls floating through the air as we made the rounds talking to players and high school coaches.  Here are some of the players that have been getting some degree of interest from the Bearcats.


Hamilton High had three players on the UC recruiting radar.  Marquis Powell, a 6' 5" receiver, had a nice afternoon.  Powell reports a 4.7 forty and created coverage mismatches all afternoon.  He certainly seems to fit the description at wide-out when compared to what the Bearcats brought in last recruiting season.  His only offer so far is from Eastern Kentucky.  Kenny Veal also looked good catching the football mostly from the slot.  Veal transferred to Hamilton from Cleveland in 2006, and everyone is looking at him as a defensive back.  Kenny reports offers from West Virginia, Akron, Ohio, Eastern Michigan, Eastern Kentucky and Miami of Ohio.  He's still recovering from an ankle injury.  The third player from the Big Blue is a defender, Damien McIntosh.  It's tough to miss the 6' 3"/215 pound linebacker.  Damien reports offers from Akron and Buffalo.


Kenny Veal protects the ball


Marquis Powell goes up for the ball


Runner-up Finneytown has a couple of nice receivers in Patrick Dawson (6' 1.5"/170) and Von Wise (6' 2"/200).  Recruiting to this point has been slow for Dawson, but Wise is hearing from Akron, Miami of Ohio, Ohio, Indiana and Cincinnati.  Both kids made excellent catches throughout the day and will be tough to cover in the CHL.


Von Wise makes the catch for Finneytown


Xenia High School put some nice athletes on the field.  Two of those were cornerback Jordan James (5' 11"/170) and running back Aston Jackson (5' 11"/190).  James has no offers and is getting MAC interest although Bearcat coaches certainly were paying close attention to his cover skills today, and Jackson said he holds offers from Miami of Ohio and Eastern Kentucky.  Jackson can also play defense.


Xenia's Jordan James


Hamilton Township High School brought one of the better juniors in Dorian Curry, a quarterback and safety.  Curry stands 6' 2" and weighs 210 pounds and also excels at basketball.  Dorian said Michigan State and Miami of Ohio are showing the most interest at this early date.


Oak Park High School just outside of Detroit had a nice collection of athletes and had a 3-1 record losing to only Turpin High.  Head Coach Tim Hopkins, who also coached Trevor Anderson at Crockett Technical High, spoke to Bearcat Insider about a number of his guys.  Jonathan Bryant (6' 1"/195) plays defensive back and reports a 4.52 forty.  Syracuse, Bowling Green and Illinois are showing interest along with the Bearcats.  Joevall Hoesay (6' 1"/205), a running back/defensive back, has reported interest from Cincinnati, Minnesota, Temple, and Miami.  He reports a 4.4 forty.  Martise Williams (6' 3"/185) is an athlete that has played quarterback, safety and receiver at Oak Park.  He reports a 4.4 forty and is hearing from Iowa, Eastern Michigan and UConn.  Lacey McClendon (5' 11"/185) is a strong safety/linebacker with 4.56 forty speed.  Lacey is hearing from Eastern Michigan, Western Michigan and UConn.  Finally, Khalil Cady (6' 2"/200) with 4.52 speed is hearing from Eastern Michigan, Cincinnati, Iowa and Michigan.  On a side note, Coach Hopkins said he had recently spoken to Trevor Anderson and was expecting Anderson to transfer to Michigan State and pay his way for one season.


Turpin High School posted a 3-0-1 record which wasn't good enough to get them into the championship game, but Andy Cruse and Luke Kelly (both Miami of Ohio commits) played well as did their quarterback, Ryan Martin.


Cruse goes down to make the catch.


Luke Kelly has the eyes of a linebacker


Another quarterback that threw the ball well was Springboro's John Rock, but at this point, he is hearing from only Division IAA schools and lower.

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