Wednesday was another typical day in the life of a college football coach. Making the rounds across the country doing in-home or school visits with prospects they've got lined up to sign on February 6-th, or working to get that verbal commitment from one last top recruit, college head coaches are on the road doing the grunt work needed to make sure they've placed their team in position to succeed.
For University of Cincinnati head coach Brian Kelly the morning would bring a visit to Marine City, Michigan and future Bearcats quarterback Brendon Kay followed by a trip to Hillsdale, Michigan to visit future offensive lineman Sean Hooey according to Sean's father Tim.
"Coach Kelly is to be in Marine City in the morning and then visit Hillsdale High School. I know from talking with some of the coaches that everyone is excited about Coach Kelly coming to the school. I think after he leaves Michigan he's going back to Cincinnati and then to Florida."
While doing in-school or in-home visits are the norm for this time of the year, getting back to Cincinnati to host the first Area-Junior-Day added to what was already a full day for the Bearcats head man. But as planned, the remainder of the coaching staff had between 20-30 of the area's top juniors and sophomores from the 275-beltway enjoying the game waiting to hear from Kelly himself. On cue, the staff ushered the prospects away from the stands to where Kelly was stationed to get the local recruiting work started for the next two classes.
Who did we see at the game? Here is a small breakdown of those we knew.
Tony Guidugli quarterback for Highlands High School was in attendance with his mother and brother Gino who seemed as excited to hear Coach Kelly as his brother was. Another Northern Kentucky prospect seen was Dominic Mainello of Beechwood High School. Mainello may be the hottest prospect in Northern Kentucky for the Class of 09.
From Ohio we saw Sycamore running back Bud Golden who already holds an official offer from the Bearcats. He was joined by Elder wide receiver Josh Jones, offensive linemen Austen Bujnoch (brother of Digger) and John Anevski. Another prospect the Bearcats will be keeping a close eye on is Kings High School wide receiver Derrick Harris who opened several eyes this past season and could be one of Ohio's top recruits. According to Kings head coach Andy Olds; Harris has already caught the eye of several college coaches and will be moving to quarterback as they change their offense to the spread option attack.
Another of the top Class of 2010 prospects is offensive lineman Andrew Norwell of Anderson. He was in attendance getting an early look as well.
Middletown junior D.J. Hunter was expected to be there according to his head coach Ron Johnson. And getting an invite but not able to make it was Indian Hill tight-end Ted Bolser who is getting interest early interest from several programs in two sports.
The greater Cincinnati area has a nice allotment of talent for the next two classes, we'll continue to learn more about those who visited and have information on the prospects the Bearcats are in hot pursuit of.