Part 2 - 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 finish our look of the Bearcats defensive members.

Jordan Stepp – Ben Davis High School

Projected Position: DT

Stepp busted onto the recruiting scene after his performance in the Scout.com combine. With many questioning his height to play the position, Stepp traveled to the Queen City and placed several top-ranked prospects in their place. Strong and with a super-quick first step, Stepp has the ability to step in as a freshman and play early. University of Cincinnati coaches learned first hand Stepp's ability when he came to camp and went away with a scholarship offer. Once Stepp watched film of Terrill Bryd he was sold on what he could do at UC and issued his verbal commitment. While Chris Williams may have the extra star, Stepp is a player capable of being on the field from day one.

Grade: A+

Fills Need: Yes

Biggest Question: Will Stepp have to make an adjustment to his game?

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Mitch Meador – Whiteland Community High School

Projected Position: DE

Meador saw his stock rise after a great performance at the Scout.com combine in Cincinnati last spring. While work is needed in the weight room to add weight, Meador shows the ability to be a factor off the edge. A "Hidden Gem" recruit that showed coaches in summer camp he was a player to go after.

Grade: B-

Fills Need: Yes

Biggest Question: Can Meador turn his raw ability into a top college player?

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Mike Hilty – Olentangy Liberty High School

Projected Position: DE/DT I first saw Mike Hilty at a summer camp and was very impressed. Hilty plays with a high motor and is not afraid to mix it up. While Hilty will start his career on the edge, he also could grow into a guy that puts his hand down. Either way much should be expected from Hilty down the road.

Grade: B+

Fills Need: Yes

Biggest Question: Does Hilty stay on the edge of move his hand down?

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Ryan Paxson – Brighton High School

Projected Position: DE

Paxson is a raw but talented prospect with a great upside. After having a great camp Paxson pulled in his offer and made the call soon after. Long and lean Paxson will have to do work in the weight room to fill out his frame. But once he gets there he'll be a weapon off the edge with his athletic ability.

Grade: C+

Fills Need: Yes

Biggest Question: Will Paxson fill out his frame once in a college weight program?

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Angel Clyburn – Blair Academy

Projected Position: LB

Many feel Clyburn will have his problems at the next level while others feel he'll have a chance to be a solid player. Because of this I have mixed thoughts. During a combine he posted a 4.4 forty time and if he can show this type of speed he'll be a major factor on the Bearcats defense as a linebacker.

Grade: C

Fills Need: Yes

Biggest Question: Can Clyburn take his game to the next level?

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Will Saddler – Columbus East High School

Project Position: LB/DE Saddler got an early offer from the Bearcats and after taking a visit gave the Bearcats his verbal commitment. Even with another injury Saddler saw college coaches continue their recruiting of him. While he's rated as a tight end, he projects on the defensive side of the ball as a safety or linebacker. I feel once he fills out his body he'll be a linebacker or defensive end. Saddle is a safe prospect as he also could move over to the offensive side of the ball as a tight end. Health is a major concern as Saddler has missed much playing time the past two seasons in high school.

Grade: C+ (Because of injury concerns)

Fills Need: Yes

Biggest Question: Can Saddler stay away from injury?

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Everett Horne – North College Hill

Projected Position: DB/KR Last year on signing day Horne made a statement by giving Brian Kelly his verbal commitment. A special athlete capable of making big plays when the ball is in his hands, Horne will be looked upon to be a major part of the Bearcats future return game. Having seen Horne in combines and camps allowed for many to see his pure speed and athletic abilities. With legit 4.4 forty speed Horne will need to work on his corner skills but has great feet and hips.

Grade: A

Fills Need: Yes

Biggest Question: Can Horne master the skills to be a top corner?


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