Bearcat Recruits Enjoy Visit

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 Parents


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 yet.


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 me."


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."


Dominique Battle


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 & Mother


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 early February.  


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