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
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
Eastern Michigan, and Akron."
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
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
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
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
lot." Travis said he expects to
make his decision within the next week.
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.