Part 3 - Class of 2009 Offense

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. After grading the defensive recruits we turn our attention to the offensive side of the ball.

DeMarkus Bracy – Flint Southwestern Academy

Projected Position: TE

Bracy is a major prospect with great upside. A super athlete, Bracy is projected as a tight end but could also see a move to defensive end during his college career. This ability makes him a safe recruit. His athletic ability makes his a great recruit and one the Bearcats staff should be excited about obtaining. Great physical size and explosion makes Bracy one of the stars of the class.

Grade: A

Fills Need: Yes & No (The need for a tight end may not be the greatest but getting a player like Bracy makes this a clear yes.

Biggest Question: Is Bracy set on his academics to be a full qualifier?

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Jamar Howard – College of the Sequoias

Projected Position: WR

Those who've been apart of this site know how excited I was about the Bearcats signing Howard the first time around. If not for a late NCAA ruling Howard would be a major playmaker in Brian Kelly's system. Major talent capable of taking his game to the next level in a couple of years. Keep in mind that Jamar has only played a few years of football and has yet to hit his full potential. Working with the Bearcats coaches will help him down the road. Also remember, Jamar Howard was going to play as a true freshman for Mark Dantonio.

Grade: A+

Fills Need: Yes

Biggest Question: Can Howard take his game to another level?

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Mitch Kessel – Ernest W. Seaholm High School

Projected Position: OL

Kessel is one of those players Brian Kelly and Jeff Quinn have been able to build and make into NFL talent. Built with a long body Kessel is a player that will need work on the field in technique and also in the weight room. But the ceiling is high and if the past is any indicator of what to expect don't be surprised if Kessel redshirts and competes in his second season for playing time.

Grade: B

Fills Need: Yes

Biggest Question: Can Kessel make the transition from tight end to offensive lineman?

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Romel Dismuke – Cleveland Benedictine High School

Projected Position: Athlete

We've listed Dismuke on the offensive side of the ball but his skills will allow for him to play on either side. A great athlete with speed, Dismuke lacks the size many college coaches look for. But Cincinnati wasn't the only program working hard to sign him as Big East rival Pittsburgh also wanted Dismuke in this class. Look for Brian Kelly to try and get Dismuke the ball in the open field where he's at his best. If not he'll be moved to a defensive back.

Grade: C+

Fills Need: Yes

Biggest Question: Can Dismuke make up for his lack of size in the college game?

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Blake Annen – Upper Arlington High School

Projected Position: TE

Don't worry if you haven't heard about Annen very much during the recruiting process. The Upper Arlington tight end may be one of the biggest hidden gems in this years Ohio recruiting class. But on the field Annen has shown he's got all the tools to be a weapon in Brian Kelly's offensive system.

Grade: C+

Fills Need: Yes

Biggest Question: Can Annen beat out Bracy if the two are fighting for playing time?


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