Roller Coaster Ride Over

For Jordan Stepp the recruiting process went from the slow climb at the start of a roller coaster ride at Kings Island, to the fast decent of the first drop that takes your breath away. But at some point the ride must come to an end and Sunday was that day.

"I just committed to Cincinnati," Stepp said by phone Sunday night. "I committed after I left campus today on my way home. Coach Coombs was very excited and now it's time to get back to work and help built this class into the best class in the Big East."

Stepp who impressed everyone at the recent Under Armour / Combine in Cincinnati with his athletic ability and motor, saw home state program Indiana enter the picture and offer a scholarship following his performance at their senior camp. But the Bearcats came hard early and offered a couple of days after his combine performance.

In the end the Ben Davis product was touched by all the schools who recruited him.

"I want to thank all of the schools that saw me as a potential student athlete. It was an honor to learn about each of their programs and to be offered a scholarship to their school. But I can only pick one school and today I've make the decision after visiting Cincinnati with my family to become a Bearcat."

Stepp found a home in Cincinnati and a defense he believes will allow him to use his abilities to their fullest.

"I can see myself playing in the defensive scheme they have at Cincinnati. They have a great player in Terrill Byrd and the coaches feel I can come in and work to achieve the same success he's earned as being an All-American. I've watched him play and he's such a great athlete I'm excited to be compared to him."

The choice wasn't an easy one as Jordan and his family discussed his college future prior to Sunday's visit.

"My family was very excited about the chances of me staying home and going to Indiana. My father and I had already been to Cincinnati for camp. Today my mother, stepfather and grandfather each had the chance to see what we'd already seen at Cincinnati and why it was the right place for me. As we were leaving campus and going to the car my mother saw that Cincinnati was the place for me and started to cry knowing her son was growing up and soon would be leaving home."

For Cincinnati fans that have not had a chance to watch Stepp in person he wanted them to know the type of player Brian Kelly is getting.

"Bearcat fans can expect a player with a high work ethic and the drive to succeed in the classroom and on the field. From my first contact with the Cincinnati coaches they stressed their goals of winning Big East Championships and playing for a National Championship. My goals are the same and I'm willing to do the work with Coach Longo in the weight room and with my coaches on the field to see these goals become reality."

For Stepp there is work still to be done and it starts this week.

"We start team camp on Monday and I can't wait to get helmet and shoulder pads on and get physical. Our team goal is to win state and we start working towards that goal this week."

Stepp had problems keeping his emotions intact as he gets ready for his 18-th birthday on Monday.

"What better birthday present can you give yourself? I'm so excited about becoming a Bearcat and look forward to coming down to Cincinnati for games this fall."

Jordan Stepp is the latest member of the Class of 2009 to pull the trigger and pledge to the Bearcats. But from the look of things more could be coming this week.

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