With signing day about a month away, schools are trying to finalize their recruiting classes. The Bearcats are battling several other BCS schools to add another Ohio kid to their class.
With only four more weekends until national signing day for football, most recruiters are trying to put the finishing touches on their 2008 recruiting classes. That seems to be the case with the Cincinnati Bearcats as Brian Kelly and his staff have apparently extended an offer within the last couple weeks to a 1st team all Ohio Division I defensive end.
Corey Freeman, a 6' 3"/217 pound defensive end from Cleveland Heights High School, confirmed to Bearcat Insider on Thursday evening that he recently received a Cincinnati offer. "Yes, Cincinnati offered me about two weeks ago." Freeman is a high school teammate of Travis Kelce, who committed to the Bearcats as a quarterback on October 23.
Freeman said Cincinnati was only one of a number of suitors. "I have offers from the University of Colorado, University of North Carolina, Ohio University, West Virginia and a number of smaller schools." Freeman said later that most of the schools from the Mid American Conference had offered along with many schools from the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Although Freeman has not taken any official visits, he said he had been to North Carolina unofficially. "I just went down there for a scrimmage." With precious few weekends remaining until national signing day, Corey has a full slate for the next three weekends. "I'll be visiting North Carolina on January 11. I'll go to Cincinnati on January 18, and I'm scheduled to go to Colorado on January 26."
Having Travis Kelce already as a Cincinnati commit might help the Bearcats in recruiting Freeman. "I've talked to Travis about Cincinnati, and he said it was nice down there. If he says it, it must be so." Freeman also knows Kelce's older brother Jason, who plays on the Bearcat offensive line. "I never played with him. When I was a freshman, he was a senior."
With "tweener" size and a listed 4.75 forty time, Freeman is not sure if he'll remain at defensive end or convert to playing linebacker in college.
Corey admitted that he hadn't seen too much of the Bearcats this season, but he knew the program was steadily improving. "I know they've come pretty far in a short amount of time."
It sounded as if there are still some academics to get in order when Corey was asked about grades. "I'm getting there. I'm waiting on the results of my second time taking the test." Corey would like to major in Business.
Corey wasn't sure of his final stats for the season, but after seven games, the Cleveland Plain Dealer had Freeman with 12 sacks and 65 tackles.
Bearcat Insider will check back with Corey after he takes his visit to Cincinnati.