Grading The Bearcats Class – Quarterbacks

With Tony Pike headed to the NFL, Butch Jones found himself with two junior to be quarterbacks and a sophomore to be signal caller coming off injury. So Jones and staff put their sights on finding help and on Wednesday signed two talented players capable of making a difference. How did the Bearcats grade out at the quarterback position? Let's break it down.

While other may walk away from giving recruiting classes grades, BearcatInsider.com has been issuing grades since the Class of 2005. During that time we've told you players like Mike Mickens and Connor Barwin would play major roles during their careers.

Now, the Class of 2010 has signed and it's time to give out our grades. Keep in mind the following. Don't judge the class on overall team rankings as many would like you to do, but on what they can do at Cincinnati.

Also keep in mind our grades are based on players staying in the program and reaching their potential.

Munchie Legaux (Le-Go)

Edna Karr High School

New Orleans, LA

Legaux was a signing day surprise as he'd taken a late visit despite being a Colorado verbal pledge. New Orleans could become an area this staff works as Butch Jones watched Rich Rodriguez work the area during his time at West Virginia.

As for Legaux, you have a dual threat quarterback who is a three sport athlete. With the ball in his hands he causes match-up problems as he can tuck and run with great burst or roll the pocket to find an open receiver.

Throwing the ball Legaux shows an above average arm but at times looks on film to be guiding the ball to the receiver. This happens more when he's throwing short to mid range passes. On long balls he throws a good long ball but at times the ball loses its spiral.

Running the ball you'll have a wildcat type player but one who can really throw the football. He shows great vision and cutback ability and is able to score anytime he pulls the ball down.

With some weight room work and tweaks in his mechanics, Legaux will have a great chance to fight for the starting quarterback's job during his Bearcats career and give the team a player capable of changing the pace of the game. Legaux is also athletic enough to be moved to another position if he doesn't earn the job.

If Munchie Legaux comes to UC and works hard on and off the field he'll have a chance to have a special career.

Here are highlights of Legaux in action.

BCI GRADE: A

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Cody Kater

Montague High School

Montague, MI

Kater came in when it looked as if the Bearcats were going to lose Luke Massa. The trade off may be a blessing as Kater fits into the offense Butch Jones will run better than Massa. That is not to take away from Massa's ability, but just how he'd fit into the spread attack Jones will use.

Kater is a lot like Legaux with both having the ability to be a dual threat on the field. But Kater shows more polished throwing mechanics and looks to throw before running. Built with a great frame Kater's biggest adjustment will be to the level of competition.

On film all the tools are there for Kater to have success at the college level. Smart and a proven winner, Kater will have to earn his spot in the years to come but should post high offensive numbers if he earns the starting spot.

Butch Jones and his coaching staff already have a built in relationship and know what they want to do with Kater. Montague High School runs the same offense as Jones used at Central Michigan and Kater has already spent time learning the terminology.

Strong arm, fluid delivery with the ability to throw on the run makes Kater a great fit at Cincinnati. Also being able to tuck the ball and run with above average speed makes him a major threat.

Here are a few clips of Kater in action.

BCI GRADE: A


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