Bearcats Get Verbal Number Eight

For the University of Cincinnati football program this past weekend capped off their spring practice session. On Monday the Bearcats added verbal commitment number eight. Bearcat Insider talks with the newest Bearcat.

While Elyria (Ohio) Catholic defensive end Josh Russ wasn't able to attend the Bearcats spring game, his visit on Thursday was one of surprise and fact finding.

"I'd been talking with Coach Molnar and he said they really wanted to get me down for a practice or the spring game," Russ told Bearcat Insider. "I wasn't able to attend the spring game but did make a visit on Thursday for practice."

While Russ was excited about the Bearcats interest in him the thought of being offered had not entered into his mind.

"I wasn't really thinking about being offered when I went down there for practice. But to my surprise they offered me and now I'm a Bearcat."

So what made Russ pull the trigger?

"I really liked how the campus was laid out with everything being central for football. The coaches were great and made me feel like part of the family when I was there. Out of all the schools I'd visited it was the one I liked the most."

Hearing from several programs and having visited them on several junior days gave Russ a chance to really look at everything Cincinnati had to offer.

"I really fell in love with Cincinnati quickly and this really was an easy decision for me to make after talking it over with my family. Everything about Cincinnati stuck in my mind from the time I left until now."

Projected as a defensive end or outside linebacker, Russ knows only hard work on and off the field will help him achieve the success he desires.

"The coaches see me playing defensive end or outside linebacker. I've played three different positions in high school having played defensive end, tight end and wide receiver. As for my academics I attend a Catholic school so the academics are hard, but I do fine."

As for his family the excitement was easy to hear in his mother's voice.

"My family is really excited about me getting a scholarship for football."

Another factor in the choice of Cincinnati came from the Bearcats strength program. One of the biggest areas Russ will have to work on is building his body. The time he spent with strength coach Paul Longo allowed him to go away knowing this part will be in order.

"I know I need to gain more weight and get stronger. These are the two biggest things I need to work on and getting the chance to talk with Coach Longo allowed me to see what is ahead of me. Coach Longo is a real cool guy and he showed me around the weight room and all the things he's got the team doing to build their bodies."

As with many across the country the Bearcats many appearances on television allowed for Russ to see them in action.

"I saw them a decent amount but not as much as I had wanted to this past season. I know this year I won't be missing a game."

When asked about being a member of the Bearcats and his future goals once he gets on campus, Russ said another thing he did see that turned his head was the Bearcats Big East Championship rings.

"I saw the championship rings and want to be part of that same experience as a player when I'm there."

Bearcat Insider would like to thank Josh and his family for allowing us to report on his verbal commitment and wish him the best of luck.

Here are some highlight clips of Josh in action.

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