With twenty players already committed to their 2008 recruiting class, Brian Kelly and his staff are trying to add a few more quality football players. One such player might be Zach Kane of Toms River High School in New Jersey.
Kane certainly seems to fit the profile of an "under the radar" player. Despite making 140 tackles playing middle linebacker for the 12-0 state champion Toms River High School, Zach didn't have any firm scholarship offers until the Miami Hurricanes presented formal scholarship papers in early December. The Bearcats also seem to have legitimate interest according to Kane. "One of their coaches said he was going to send out a scholarship, but I didn't take it too seriously. But Coach Hinton was extremely serious when he came to my house at twelve o'clock at night for a home visit. He didn't have the official papers, and it was just his word so I'm waiting to hear back from them."
With a Miami of Florida offer already in hand, Kane is getting a bit nervous about the Bearcats' interest in him. "I told them several times how serious this was, and they said they were pretty serious too since they flew Coach Hinton, their linebacker coach, to my house while they were practicing for their bowl game. I'm really interested in Cincinnati, but I don't have anything in writing."
Midnight home visits are not the norm. Zach explained the reason for the unusual rendezvous. "Yeah, Coach Hinton's plane got delayed. He said we could do it another time, but I told him I was interested. I told him if he got here at 1 o'clock that was still okay."
The undefeated season and state championship at Toms River was the first in the school's history. Zach explained that team played nine regular season games and three in the state tournament.
The 6' 3"/220 pound linebacker who reports a 4.7 forty time had reportedly verbally committed to Miami of Florida, but Kane says that's not accurate information. "Not really. I'm very interested in them because they're very interested in me. Like I told Coach Hinton, I can't make my mind up by only home visits. I need to see the schools."
Before Zach will take an official visit to Cincinnati, he said he needs to know what he's comparing. "I know they're very interested in me, but I don't have anything to back it up. With Miami, I have a signed letter." Kane plans to officially visit Miami of Florida on the weekend of January 18, two and a half weeks before signing day.
Although he attended some summer camps, Zach said interest in him didn't start to pick-up until his high school coach sent out highlight tape after the season. "My coach sent out a lot of film around the area because he didn't think I wanted to go too far away. Then I told him I'd be interested in going further if it was somewhere good so we sent film to Cincinnati, Iowa, Miami and some other schools down south." Iowa visited Zach at his school but never made a home visit.
Rutgers, the New Jersey state school, invited Zach to all its games. "They knew who I was, and I was always talking to their coaches. They talked about my getting a scholarship, but it's getting too late in the game for that now."
Kane is well aware of the fact that Cincinnati has limited scholarships remaining. "Coach Hinton mentioned that, and that is another thing that's scaring me."
Bearcat Insider will check back with Zach within the next week or so to see if there are any changes in his situation.
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