Finding success in Cincinnati

While despite being just 100 miles south from city of Cincinnati, U of L hasn't recruited the Queen City heavily in years. However, with the commitment of tight end Zach Meagher, as well as unofficial visits from a trio of Cincinnati Colrain High School prospects on Tuesday, it appears a new trend may be developing.

When the Scout.com Midwest Hot 100 was released on Monday, it became apparent that the the city of Cincinnati is loaded with an abundance of talent among the Class of 2006.

Louisville head coach Bobby Petrino and his staff apparently noticed the number of high quality athletes in the Queen City early, allowing them to be among the first to express heavy interest and in some cases scholarship offers, to the area's top players.

Tight end Zach Meagher of Cincinnati's Glen Este High School and No.25 on the Scout.com Midwest Hot 100 became the first known verbal pledge for Louisville when he informed Scout.com of his decision in early June.

"I followed Louisville a lot last year," said Meagher, who had also received scholarship offers from Cincinnati, Michigan State, Minnesota, Oklahoma and others. "Louisville's an awesome football program and they are going to win a lot of games because they are able to score so many points. I wanted to go somewhere where I knew I would win and Louisville gives me that."

A trio of players from Colerain High School - Ohio's Division I State Champions of a year ago - will make the short drive south and make unofficial visits to Louisville on Tuesday. Linebackers Cobrani Mixon (No.19 Midwest) and Tyler Moeller (No.63 Midwest), as well as defensive back Brian Lainhart will make the visit with defensive coordinator Mike Cassity and take a tour of the U of L campus and facilities together.

"I already know that they have top notch facilities," said Moeller, who along with Lainhart, camped at Louisville earlier this month. "This time I will be able to see more of the campus and more of the facilities. They finished 6th in the nation last year, so it's a good program."

"I want to see what the dorms and campus are like," added Lainhart, who currently lists Louisville, Michigan, Penn State and South Carolina as his favorites.

This visit will be first to Louisville for Mixon, who had 100 tackles, 12 tackles for loss and 6 sacks as a junior and was named all-league.

"I want to see how good I'd get along with the coaches and check out the facilities," said Mixon.

Moeller, who visited Virginia Tech on Monday and will visit Iowa later this week, said that he is looking forward to finding out if he can add Louisville to his offer list which already includes such programs as Cincinnati, Iowa, Kentucky and Virginia Tech.

"I'm hoping that they do."

While Mixon currently holds an offer from the U of L coaching staff, he does have a clear favorite.

"It's still probably going to be Michigan," he said. "Unless someone makes me change my mind...it's not impossible."


Josh Chichester

Two-sport standout Josh Chichester (No.21 Midwest) and offensive lineman Aaron Brown (No.9 Midwest) are two additional highly sought after Cincinnati prospects that list Louisville among the school's that they are considering.

With nearly 50 scholarship offers, Princeton High School's Aaron Brown, who has made multiple unofficial visits to U of L, is taking his time evaluating his many options and recently said that Louisville, along with Auburn, Florida State, Florida, Ohio State, Purdue and Tennessee and others were still possibilities.

Josh Chichester of Lakota West is a Scout.com 3-star basketball prospect and recently listed his final list of schools as Illinois, Louisville, Michigan, Notre Dame and Ohio State.

The 6-foot-8, 210-pound receiver/power forward expects to play both sports on the college level and claims that each school among his final five have said that they will provide that opportunity.

Many of the Cincinnati area players will kickoff their season in late August in the Skyline Chili Crosstown Showdown, including Colerain, which will face Cincinnati St.X at Nippert Stadium.


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