Part 1 - Class of 2009 Defense

Wednesday brings the day Bearcat fans have been waiting for. The Class of 2009 will sign their National Letters of Intent and officially become members of The University of Cincinnati football program. We start with a few members on the defensive side of the ball.

Malik James – El-Camino Junior College

Projected Position: DB

Malik James was part of college footballs 2007 recruiting class, but a death in the family saw James lose the passion to play the game. After being encouraged to return to the field, James headed to El Camino Junior College and made a successful return to the grid iron and in the classroom. With several programs looking to sign James the Bearcats had something to offer and that was a chance to step right in and receive playing time. With great physical size and outstanding speed, James will have a chance to earn a spot in the Bearcats defensive backfield after the loss of three senior starters. While he still needs some polish his future potential is high. James will have four years to play three.

Grade: B

Fills Need: Yes

Biggest Question: Will he be ready in the fall?

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Tristin Marvin – Winton Woods High School

Projected Position: LB / DE One of the biggest questions about Marvin will be his academic progress. In the fall Marvin said UC was ready to offer but he needed to show improvement towards having the grades needed. Things must be in order as the Bearcats offered and Marvin soon accepted. While Marvin was under the radar to many, his performance in summer camp and during this past season opened several eyes. Strong, quick and athletic, Marvin could be the steal of the class when we look back in a few years.

Grade: B+

Fills Need: Yes

Biggest Question: Will he have the classroom work in order?

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Maalik Bomar – Winton Woods High School

Projected Position: OLB

Bomar is another player with a high upside. Athletic and explosive Bomar is capable of blitzing from the outside while also able to pickup a back or wide receiver in the open field. With the Bearcats losses on defense don't be surprised if you hear Bomar's name talked about early in his career.

Grade: B+

Fills Need: Yes

Biggest Question: Bomar likes to throw his body around and be physical. Can he stay healthy?

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Chris Williams – Winton Woods High School

Projected Position: DB

Because of the way he plays on the field Williams has the skills to be a hard nosed safety. But because of his physical skills he'll get his first crack to take the field as a corner. Williams is a star in the making and should be expected to earn All-Big East honors during his career. Much will be expected of Williams and he'll feel the pressure early as the highest rated defensive prospect in Bearcats history.

Grade: A+

Fills Need: Yes

Biggest Question: Can Williams perform to the level he's been projected?

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Ricky Harris – Westerville-South High School

Projected Position: Defensive Tackle

While he's listed as an offensive guard Bearcat fans should fully expect Harris to be on the defensive side of the ball. Harris has all the tools to be a major player at the college level but also comes in with several questions. Will his academics be in order and can he maintain his weight to be productive. Harris had a great summer camp and showed explosion off the line. This is what will be expected of him at UC. While some don't like what Harris has shown in high school, I fully expect him to prosper in college.

Grade: B

Fills Need: Yes

Biggest Question: Can Harris control his weight?


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