Bearcats Look To Build A Pipeline

The player in this photo along with one of his teammates both earned offers from their camp performances. We talk with their head coach for the latest.

Each year college football fans hear about some colleges having so called "Pipelines" between some of the high profiled high schools in the country. Are the Bearcats about to start one of their own? Find out the school and why three players from there are looking hard at the Bearcats.

Derek Moyers will enter his second season at the helm of Pike High School this fall. The former West Chester native grew up on Ohio high school football and is looking to bring the same excitement to the Hoosier State.

With an understanding of the recruiting process, Moyers has energized the Red Devils program and talent level with the results showing up in combines and college camps this spring and summer.

After watching several of his players enjoy a great outing at the Under Armour / Scout.com Combine in May, Moyers brought several of his players to the University of Cincinnati for the Bearcats last of three senior camps.

According To Moyers, two of his players soon learned they earned offers from the University of Cincinnati after they left camp. But there is more to this story than just a couple of guys earning an offer.

Moyers is no stranger to the University of Cincinnati and one of its coaches.

"I played for Coach Coombs in 1987 at Lakota High School. Coach Coombs then left for Loveland for a couple of years before going home to Colerain. But I have the greatest respect for Coach Coombs and pattern my coaching style after him."

But having a prior relationship with a former coach doesn't mean a school will have an advantage when it comes to recruiting. But with Coach Moyers he knows things have changed at his hometown university.

"Things have really changed at Cincinnati from when I lived in the area. This is a big-time program with great facilities and a great coaching staff that knows how to win."

After camp on Tuesday the former pupil heard from his mentor.

"Coach Coombs called me right after we left and told me they were going to offer two of my players. Dakotah Tyler is a 5-foot-10, 199-pound safety and he had a really good camp today. The other player offered was offensive lineman Andre Cureton. Andre is 6-foot-6, 280-pounds who can dunk a basketball standing under the basket or coming down the lane. He's got great upside and is only going to get better.

When asked to describe Dakotah and his skills, Coach Moyers was quick and to the point.

"Dakotah is first a great kid and a coach's dream. He's got a great work ethic and is always looking to get better and is a terrific competitor. Forty-five days ago he had Cincinnati number one on his list and today he still has Cincinnati number one on his list with Ohio State at number two. He really enjoyed working with Coach Coombs today and likes the way he coaches. He's use to the way Coach Coombs coaches because it's the same way I do."

Note: (Dakotah and several of his teammates will be going to Ohio State on Friday for their senior camp.)

When asked about Andre Cureton the coach explained what the big offensive lineman has got in store.



Andre Cureton

"Andre is another great kid. He lives with his father who is a doctor and a younger brother. Academics are real important to him and his family and will play a role in his college choice. The upside Andre has is unbelievable and I feel Coach Quinn saw that today and wants to be part of making Andre into a great football player."

Not only are the Bearcats in the running for two members of the Class of 2009. There is also a good chance they'll be in the final running for Class of 2010 wide receiver Dyjuan Lewis, a 6-foot-2, 180-pound wide receiver who has already been offered by Cincinnati and Indiana.

If Brian Kelly and Kerry Coombs are successful in recruiting Dakotah and Andre, a pipeline could be build between this Indiana high school and the Bearcats. Bearcat Insider will continue to follow the Bearcats efforts for these three prospects in the future.


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