Part 4 - 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.

Andre Cureton – Pike High School

Projected Position: OL

Having seen Cureton in action on film and in camp has got me very excited about what his future may bring in college. This is a kid who has yet to play his best football and with his size and skills he could be a major player for Jeff Quinn along the line.

Grade: A-

Fills Need: Yes

Biggest Question: Will Cureton be the same guy who showed up in camp?

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Dan Sprague – Olentangy Liberty

Projected Position: C

Sprague is a very good athlete who will make the move from defense to center at the college level. Great feet and lateral movement makes his a great prospect in Brian Kelly's offensive system. Built to be a top center or guard in the zone blocking scheme, Sprague is ready and preparing himself for the change.

Grade: B

Fills Need: Yes

Biggest Question: How long will it take for Sprague to make the adjustment to offense?

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Sean McClellan – Moeller High School

Projected Position: OG

Just like Sprague the talk has the Bearcats moving McClellan to the offensive line. A high school defensive lineman, McClellan plays with a good motor but looks better suited for the o-line. A tough hard nosed player who has the nasty streak you want along the offensive line, McClellan has played at a high level at the prep level. But there will be questions about his ability to make the move.

Grade: C-

Fills Need: Yes

Biggest Question: Can McClellan make the transition from defensive line to offensive lineman?

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Austen Bujnoch – Elder High School

Projected Position: OL

Austen is a player the Bearcats coaching staff has known about for a long time. The kid brother of Digger Bujnoch has his own skills but still needs some work. If you watched Elder in the state championship game you saw how much of a difference he made once he left the game injured. Things look good for Bujnoch coming off the injury and I feel his best football is still ahead of him as he grown into his body.

Grade: A

Fills Need: Yes

Biggest Question: Can Austen Bujnoch match what his brother did as a Bearcat?

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Josh Jones – Elder High School

Projected Position: WR

I've watched Josh Jones for the past two seasons and came away very impressed with his overall game. Built with a big strong frame the Elder wide receiver has great hands and the size that makes it hard for defensive backs to battle. If you're looking to compare Jones to a Bearcat look at what Dominick Goodman has done during his career and expect Jones to match or do even better in Brian Kelly's offense.

Grade: A+

Fills Need: Yes

Biggest Question: Can Jones be the next Dominick Goodman?

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Patrick O'Donnell – Palm Beach Central High School

Projected Position: Punter

How good do the Bearcats expect Patrick O'Donnell to be? Very good! Schools don't just throw out scholarships to kickers and punters unless they feel the tools are there for greatness. O'Donnell will have to fill some very big cleats as Kevin Huber is now headed to the NFL and one of the biggest weapons for the Bearcats is gone. With the long frame O'Donnell has shown a strong leg and had the interest of several programs including Georgia who brought him in for an official visit. Keep in mind that West Virginia is also losing their big kicking weapon and were also showing interest in the Florida kicker.

Grade: A

Fills Need: Yes

Biggest Question: Can Patrick O'Donnell fill Kevin Huber's cleats this fall?


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