It's no surprise when you talk Brian Kelly and Bearcats football that the quarterback position is always just around the corner. The Bearcats head man is known for his offensive genius and quarterbacks have enjoyed great success in his system.
While the Bearcats have entered the race on several quarterbacks already there will still be a few who could turn a few heads and join the race.
How many quarterbacks' will the Bearcats look to sign? From the looks of it one is a sure thing with a second one being a very high possibility.
It's no surprise that Andrew Hendrix of Cincinnati (Ohio) Moeller High School is at the top of Brian Kelly's wish list. The Southwest Ohio signal caller is the hottest prospect in Ohio and for good reasons. While Hendrix doesn't talk a lot about the Bearcats sources feel he's got serious interest in staying close to home and has the Bearcats in his top five at this time. Looking to become a surgeon Hendrix has learned of several former Moeller alumni who have earned their education from Cincinnati and become very successful in the field he's looking to enter.
Another player the Bearcats offered early is A.J. Derby (Iowa City/IA) whose father played at Iowa. Keep in mind the Bearcats have a couple of ties to the Hawkeye program with Coach Longo having spent a long time in the program and Coach Inge being a former player at the Big Ten school. While many feel Iowa is the team to beat Derby has talked about looking away from home to play his college football and will look to earn the interest of Florida this summer at their camp. It will be interesting to see if the Bearcats can stay in the running for Derby past the month of June.
Anthony Gonzalez is the newest quarterback to pick up a Bearcats offer and while it doesn't look like the Pennsylvania native will camp with the Bearcats he is saying all the right things. The dual-threat quarterback could become a star in the Bearcats scheme and because of their willingness to throw the football the Associated Press Class AAAA Player of the Year wants to learn more about the Bearcats. With offers from the likes of Florida State, Missouri, Penn State, Stanford and West Virginia the Bearcats have a lot of ground to make up.
Luke Massa is another offer holder and some question the durability of the Cincinnati (Ohio) St. Xavier product. But Brian Kelly doesn't play around with quarterback offers and Massa must have done something to turn the Bearcats head coaches head to earn a prized offer.
Another quarterback that holds a Bearcats offer is Dominique Brown of Cincinnati (Ohio) Winton Woods High School. Brown earned his offer early and many felt he would have been a commitment by now. But the local product has not pulled the trigger and many feel he'll be moved to another position once in college.
When camp opens several local quarterbacks will be looking to earn offers. Who are the main names that will be at the center of the attention?
Caleb Watkins (Middletown/Ohio) is one quarterback ready to jump if he gets a Bearcats offer.
"I feel Cincinnati is close to offering me a scholarship. I'll be going to camp and if they offered I don't think I'd wait very look before taking it. Cincinnati is close to my home and family and that is very important to me."
Watkins showed great improvement during his junior season and played a key role in Middletown knocking off Colerain during the regular season. With several offers in hand the 6-foot-3, 200-pound signal caller would not be a stretch to pick up an offer.
Jay Bucher is another player who could earn an offer from an impressive camp showing. The Bellbrook (Ohio) product has shown all the tools college programs look for and has the physical size and athletic ability Brian Kelly has look for in the past.
These are just a few of the names that have earned an offer or are close to an offer from the University of Cincinnati.