Bearcats Make Another Offer

The open scholarships are dwindling, but that apparently hasn't stopped Brian Kelly and his staff from making some additional offers. Bearcat Insider has the latest.

Earlier this week, Lynell Payne became the eighteenth high schooler to verbally commit to the Bearcat football progam.  Since the Bearcats are expected to take only 20-21 players in their 2008 recruiting class, there is little room available, but the Cincinnati coaching staff made an official offer on Thursday to a player that Bearcat Insider knows well.


Travis Kelce from Cleveland Heights High School got the recent offer and is the younger brother of Bearcat center Jason Kelce.  Bearcat Insider wrote a piece about Travis back on May 14.  At that time the younger but not smaller brother did not have an offer from the Bearcats.  The 6' 6"/230 pound quarterback is athletic enough to project at a number of positions, but he said he is being recruited as a quarterback.  "Coach Molnar called on Thursday and said Coach Kelly looked at my tape and saw I was the prototypical quarterback to run his offense."


Kelce said he has a number of offers including some from other BCS schools.  "Pitt offered a couple weeks ago.  I also have offers from Kansas, Miami, Eastern Michigan, and Akron."  Akron has offers for both football and basketball on the table.


If Kelce chooses the hometown Panthers, he said he would try to make the basketball team as a walk-on, but he has some other concerns.  "I'm not sure that's the right offense for me.  Their style of quarterback is under center and a dropping back type of deal.  If I went there, I'd probably rather play tight end.  But I like the idea of playing in the BIG EAST, and Pitt is right here at home.  I'm just not sure it's the right fit for me."  Kelce had planned to attend next week's Cincinnati/Pitt game at Heinz Field, but a rescheduled high school game will cause him to miss the visit.  He has taken no official visits at this time nor does he have any planned.


Travis said he would prefer playing quarterback in college but is open minded to other positions.  "I would like to play quarterback because it's fun, but I don't have a problem playing other positions."  Some schools including North Carolina were looking at Kelce as a tight end.  He elaborated on the position dilemma.  "Just the position itself won't make me pick one school over the other.  The people around there are also an important factor."


Just like with Pittsburgh, the Cincinnati basketball program makes the UC offer very enticing.  "If I went to Cincinnati, I'd like to try walking on the basketball team."  With so few spots left in Cincinnati's recruiting class, Kelce knows he needs to make his decision in a timely fashion.  "I know I need to make a decision pretty quickly, but it's good because I have my brother there to give me the inside information.  It'll help me make this decision.  I'm considering Cincinnati a lot."  Travis said he expects to make his decision within the next week.


The Cleveland Heights quarterback said he threw for three scores in his squad's loss on Friday night.  Cincinnati fans hope the Bearcats score with Kelce later this week.

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