Preferred walk-on Colin Lozier the chance to stay home and earn a scholarship as a Bearcat was something he couldn't pass up.
"It's a dream to go and play for Cincinnati," Lozier told Bearcat Insider as the GMC Signing Day event. "Especially with the success they've had going to the Orange Bowl and wining the Big East this past season. Cincinnati is just a great place to go and play football and proves dreams do comes true. My family and I are very excited right now about this opportunity."
While Bearcat fans have become use to hearing the names of former Colerain players in the past few years. The tie to the local powerhouse was made even stronger when Brian Kelly was hired and named Kerry Coombs one of his assistant coaches. Lozier played for Coombs as a sophomore and found the former head of Cardinal Nation a major reason for his chance as a Bearcat.
"Coach Coombs is the one who gave me a chance to go to UC and a big reason why I'm going to there. He was a big reason I made the choice to go there and I'm going to do everything I can to earn this chance to go there, work hard and earn a scholarship."
But while Lozier is excited about his future, his past is one he'll always keep close to his heart.
"Colerain has such a great football tradition and is one of the greatest places I can think of to play high school football. The fans are great and you play some of the best football in and outside of Ohio. I'm going to really miss Colerain an awful lot."
With his future no known, Lozier reflected about the ties Colerain and Cincinnati have seen in the past few years as players like Andre Revels and others have taken the same path.
"Yea, it's kind of funny how each year there seems to be a Colerain guy at Cincinnati helping them do well. I grew up watching those guys play at Colerain and then at Cincinnati. For me it's such a great honor to have this chance to follow in their footsteps and earn my place at Cincinnati. They've set the bar very high and I look forward to the challenge to keep it there in the coming years."
While Bearcats near and far have enjoyed the successes of the former Cardinals during their time wearing the Red & Black. What should they expect from Colin Lozier?
"They can expect me to play somewhere. I'll scratch and claw my way onto the field and do what ever I can to get on the field. I don't care if it's on special teams or defense, I just want to earn my way and give everything I've got to the team."
The road as a walk-on is not an easy path. But in the past years the Bearcats have seen several players take the harder road and earn a scholarship as well as time on the field. Colin Lozier is looking to be the next in that group to do the same.
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