Justin Feagin's Stock Rising

The 2008 Cincinnati football recruiting class is growing quickly, slightly quicker than its fan base, but can Coach Kelly and his staff land the high school teammate of recently committed Bearcat defensive back, Dominique Battle?

Willie Bueno, the head football coach at American Heritage School in Delray Beach, Florida, has to be ecstatic to have a couple cornerbacks like Dominique Battle and Justin Feagin, and Cincinnati's Brian Kelly apparently would like to see the two shut-down cornerbacks continue their careers together in the Queen City. Coach Bueno played for Coach Kelly at Grand Valley State.

After getting a verbal commitment from Dominique Battle earlier this week, Bearcat Insider contacted Battle's teammate, Justin Feagin, to give him the news. Landing Dominique could help UC with Justin. "Now Dominique can tell me what it's like because I know he's been there. I get the coaches take, my take and I can now get someone else's views that I'm kind of close with."

The 5' 11"/190 pound athlete listed the scholarship offers he could recall. "Cincinnati, LSU, S. Mississippi, Memphis, Wake Forest, FIU, and Louisiana-LaFayette. Those are the ones I can remember off the top of my head."

Coach Bueno plays Justin at quarterback and cornerback after his transfer from Pope John Paul II to American Heritage for the 2006 season. With 4.49 forty speed, Feagin is viewed by many as an "athlete" in college, but unlike some other high school quarterbacks, he doesn't mind the label because it gives him some position flexibility. "Some schools are recruiting me as a cornerback, others as a safety, and some as a wide receiver. Louisiana-Lafayette has offered me as a quarterback, but I actually like that people are seeing me as an athlete. If they put me at DB and I don't beat a guy out, then I may be able to go to receiver and beat somebody out. I want playing time, and being recruited as an athlete gives me an advantage. Of course the coaches will decide where I play, but since I haven't been labeled yet, I can suggest the position where I can get on the field the fastest."

As Bearcats fans know, the verbal commitments to Cincinnati have been arriving on a regular basis, and the 2008 recruiting class is quickly filling, but Justin seems in no hurry to make such an important decision. "Right now, I'm still looking at all my options. As a matter of fact, I'm just returning home from a trip to LSU where I went to their camp. I've also been to Florida, and I'm in Tallahassee right now and will meet with them (Florida State) in the (Thursday) morning." The Seminoles have not yet offered, but that could change later today (Thursday).

Despite some nice offers in hand, Justin claims he's still wide open, and it's clear he's views this as a life decision. "I'm interested in anybody right now. Nine times out of ten, people stay in the area where they graduate so I'm trying to get a feel for everything. My door is still open. I want to learn as much as I can about every school and their area." Justin has never been to Cincinnati but said he plans to visit the Queen City.

Justin's uncle, Steve Feagin, played at Illinois (1989-92) and is 18th on the Fighting Illini career rushing list with 1,558 yards. Steve is seven spots behind Red Grange.

Bearcat Insider will check-in with Justin periodically.

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