Proving it's never too early to start the recruiting process the Bearcats received a visit from one of the top players in the Class of 2011.
Stevie Taylor (Gahanna Lincoln HS) may be a new name to hoop fans, but Bearcat Insider has known about the young point guard since he was tearing it up as a fourth grader. Now a freshman in high school, Taylor has been a name at the top of his class for several years and one of the elite players in the country. Already holding an offer from Akron, the young Mr. Taylor also has Cincinnati, Ohio State, Tennessee, Georgetown and many other programs showing the early interest you expect for a player of his caliber.
How did Bearcat Insider know about Stevie Taylor at such a young age? Before doing Bearcat Insider on the Scout.com network I ran the prep site for Ohio on the network. Stevie's father Rob was a writer from me on the site and did a great job of bringing the youth basketball movement in Ohio to the forefront with his in-depth coverage. Rob still is working hard to give basketball players from across Ohio the exposure needed and works hard to help players reach their goals of earning a college education from basketball.
At 5-foot-7 Stevie is already one of the top freshmen prospects in the state and has great potential to be a major national prospect in the coming years. He fully understands how to run a team and could be the point guard that replaces Cashmere Wright when he leaves the program if the Bearcats get into the running for his services in the coming years.
As Stevie's father Rob said to Bearcat Insider. "You know college programs have to get an early start recruiting these players as many programs are now making offers to sophomores in hopes they get the jump."
Another good friend of Bearcat Insider is Ozie Davis III who runs the Queen City Prophets AAU program in Cincinnati. Ozie also was part of OhioPrepScene.com in the day and he had two of his Prophets at the game as Griffin McKenzie (Moeller High School) and Allen Payne (Winton Woods High School) both took in the action with Ozie and family members.
GRIFFIN McKENZIE MOELLER HS
McKenzie is a 6-foot-9 power forward who will see college programs interest grow as he progresses this winter on taking his game to the next level. At this time Griffin holds no offers but has several Mid-West programs taking serious interest in his game.
Payne at 6-foot-5 has a nice looking body that is only going to get bigger and stronger. According to Ozie, the young Mr. Payne has several programs like Bowling Green, Saint Louis and Dayton that have offered with several others getting very close to pulling the trigger.
ALLEN PAYNE WINTON WOODS HS
The biggest name to take in some of the action was J'Mison Morgan who made his official visit during the weekend. Morgan was only able to stay a short time for the Fan Jam to keep within the guidelines of the NCAA for official visits but looked to have a great time overall.
While the numbers might have been smaller than fans expected the quality was good and allowed the staff to spend quality time with the prospects and their family members. The staff is showing they have a game plan on who they want to recruit and use the time allowed to make sure players understand their importance to them.