UC FB & BB Recruiting Update

Periodically, Bearcat Insider likes to check back with some of the recruits that have verbally committed to Cincinnati. On Monday evening, we spoke with J'Covan Brown's father, Cashmere Wright, and Yancy Gates' father. We also spoke with Travis Kelce, Darrin Williams and George Winn.

The early signing period for college basketball is this Wednesday, November 14, but don't be surprised if Mick Cronin doesn't release all the names on that first day. On Monday evening, Bearcat Insider spoke to Cashmere Wright, Yancy Gates' father and the father of J'Covan Brown. Wright and Gates have already announced their intentions to attend Cincinnati, but J'Covan Brown's father indicated that his son may very well be joining the group on Wednesday.

J'Covan Brown, a four star shooting guard from Memorial High School in Port Arthur, Texas, will apparently officially announce his college choice on Wednesday, November 14 according to his father. Even though J'Covan Brown has not visited the University of Cincinnati, his father said that would not eliminate his son from attending UC. "No. He has Cincinnati in his final three." Texas and Oklahoma State are the other two schools being considered. Mr. Brown has a fear of flying but said his son has flown many times during his AAU travels, and the distance from their Texas home would not be a factor in his son's college decision. In fact, Mr. Brown seemed to indicate that his son would soon be a Bearcat. "He had a good recruiting process there and is very comfortable with their coaches, and it just seems like a good fit." Mr. Brown said the official announcement will take place during a press conference on Wednesday at Memorial High School.

Cashmere Wright was as enthusiastic as ever about being a Bearcat, but signing the official letter of intent may not happen on Wednesday as Wright explained. "We know it's going to be this week, but we don't know the date that it's going to be. I will definitely sign in the early period. We want to make it so my daddy will be off work, and we're not sure what day he'll be off since he works on the docks." Cashmere also said the official ceremony will more than likely be at his school. Wright said he scored 44 points in his first game of the season.

Withrow High School's Yancy Gates is also expected to officially be a Bearcat by the end of the week. Bearcat Insider spoke with Yancy's father, Tony Dees, to get the latest on his son's signing plans. "The plan is for Yancy to sign, but we haven't decided how it's going to be done. They're supposed to let me know some time this week." Tony said he wasn't sure if Yancy would sign on Wednesday or later in the week.

The Bearcat football team has nineteen verbal commitments, and Bearcat Insider also checked with a few of the "helmets."

Travis Kelce took his official visit last week to witness the Cincinnati victory over nationally ranked UConn, and the visit went well according to Kelce. "Everything went great. We had a good time. My brother was my host. There were a couple other guys asked to be my host, but their families were there so they couldn't." Travis is expected to play both football and basketball at UC so last weekend seemed like the perfect weekend for a visit with both football and basketball games on campus, but it didn't workout that way. "After the football game we went to dinner at Montgomery Inn. After dinner, my brother showed me around." Going straight to dinner after the football game meant Travis wasn't able to see the basketball Bearcats beat Western Carolina on Saturday night.

Rumors persist about Darrin Williams' college future so Bearcat Insider also contacted the King High School running back. Darrin's having a great season, and his team is still in the regional finals. "I'm leading the state in rushing with about 2,540 yards. We play Rochester Adams this week." King is 11-0 while Adams is 8-3.

The four year varsity player and Cincinnati verbal also addressed the rumors of his interest in going elsewhere to college. "Yes, I know about the rumors, but you can tell the fans that I'm a Bearcat." A number of schools continue to show interest including West Virginia, Michigan State and Michigan. Williams commented on the late interest. "I think I'm the best player in the state, and some of these schools are starting to realize that, but it's too late. I like Brian Kelly's system and how he explained it to me. Plus, they said I can return kicks."

Another Michigan player committed to Cincinnati is George Winn of University of Detroit Jesuit (same school that Connor Barwin attended). George made an unofficial visit to Cincinnati last Saturday for the UConn game and said he'll return in a few weeks. "That wasn't an official visit. I'll take my official visit the first week of December." George is no stranger to the Cincinnati campus. He also visited during spring football practice. He explained the main reason for last Saturday's drive down from Michigan. "I hadn't seen them play yet, and I wanted to see a game." Winn's football season is over, and he's glad it is. "We didn't win a game. I did the best I could, but I'm not sure of my stats for the year." Winn said he is still solidly committed to UC and will sign a letter of intent in February. He chose the Bearcats over Miami of Ohio.

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