Bearcat Insider learned of three football recruits that took official visits last weekend. All three have already verbally committed to play football for the Bearcats, and their weekend visits seemed only to confirm those earlier verbal pledges.
Last Saturday night's football game with Louisville resulted in a disappointing loss,
but the defeat didn't dampen the enthusiasm of three recruits that were taking
their official visits.
Bearcat Insider contacted Dominique Battle, Darrin Williams and Bruce Horner a few days after their official visits to get their
thoughts about the Bearcat program and the Cincinnati campus.
Darrin Williams, the Detroit running back who rushed for over 300
yards last Friday, returned home Sunday early enough to catch some NFL
action. "Everything was good. We got back home in time to see the
Cowboys and Patriots." Darrin and
his parents sounded like they had plenty to eat. "We went out to breakfast and lunch and
everything was good. It (the trip)
was mainly for my mom. She saw
everything and liked it. My dad and
I had been there before." Despite
the upset loss to Louisville, Darrin was excited about next
season. "They're still ranked, and
Coach Kelly said they will only get better as they recruit to the kind of
offense they run."
Darrin Williams with
The star running back said he's still hearing from other schools but
remains committed to Cincinnati. "There are still some schools recruiting
me, but I'm still a Bearcat."
Darrin identified Michigan, Michigan State, Boston College, Illinois and
Iowa as schools still showing interest although none have offered as of
Williams seemed to spend quite a bit of time with Trotwood linebacker,
Doug Rippy on Saturday night.
Darrin said he's known Rippy for several months. "I met him at some combines, and we've
been talking ever since. I was
surprised when he committed to Nebraska. He was supposed to be a Bearcat with
The player that came the furthest was Dominique Battle along with his
parents. The Florida native even
brought his winter coat so he is obviously serious about becoming a Bearcat next
season. Dominique already talked
like a Bearcat. "We had a good
time, but it could have been better if they had won the game."
The Battles' official visit doubled as a family reunion. "We got to see a lot of family back at
the hotel." The Battles have
several family members living in the Cincinnati area.
So far this season, Dominique has three interceptions and returned one
for a 55 yard touchdown.
On Sunday, some of the Cincinnati staff took both the Battles and the
Horners to the Montgomery Inn for dinner.
Dominique liked the chicken while Bruce Horner really raved about the
ribs. "I had the world famous pork
loin ribs and loved the barbecue sauce.
I need a bottle of that. I
actually ate some of them on the way home.
Once I get up there, I'll be eating there every week."
Bruce Horner &
Bruce came with his mother and gave a quick summary of his visit. "They showed us the campus. I met with my academic advisor and then
went to the game. My host (Brad Jones) showed me around." Bruce
sounded 100% committed to being a Bearcat.
"I'm real happy. I'm also
excited about how they're doing this year."
A couple schools are still contacting Horner. "Eastern Michigan has called me a couple
times, and Bowling
Green called to say their offer is still good."
Players can't sign their official letter-of-intent until