Kay Speaks on Bearcat Commitment

Marine City QB Brendon Kay became Cincinnati's 13th verbal commitment of the year and the 6th from the state of Michigan. Michigan Varsity caught up with the big armed passer to talk about how he fits into the Bearcats' plans and why he made the decision now.

It was simply a matter of time for Brendon Kay. The 6'3, 225-lb signal caller from Marine City had been receiving interest from schools across the Midwest including Nebraska, Michigan and others. It was the Cincinnati Bearcats though who came forward with one of Kay's first offers and with 12 commitments in tow already, Kay saw his chance to be apart of a fast moving recruiting class.

"It was pretty much between me and Zac Dysert, who committed first," Kay said, "but I also went down there for camp and was real familiar with the college and the coaches, Coach Kelly is real cool."

With Dysert possibly being ready to committ, Kay wanted to jump at his chance to play for a place where he really connected.

"I really like the system. I sat down with the quarterbacks coach and he explained a lot of stuff when we watched film. It's a great offense for a quarterback to be in."

The strong armed Kay also becomes the Bearcats' 6th verbal commitment from the state of Michigan where head coach Brian Kelly and company have been finding talent.

"It's cool they're getting kids from Michigan," Kay excitedly said, "not really any from right around here, but it will be nice to play with other kids from instate."

As a junior, Kay passed for 81-145 for 1,182 yards and 18 touchdowns. Those numbers should increase this season as Marine City switches from more of a Wing-T style offense to a spread attack similar to what he will play in at the college level. That is part of the reason that Kay, and the Bearcat staff are thinking he might see early playing time.

"We've talked about it a little," he said about his timetable, "They said the quarterbacks they have now are from the old system, so they're learning too and I would come right in and compete and learn."

As for a redshirt, Kay said, "I don't know yet, I kind of would like to, just to be able to learn the offense, get comfortable and adjust to the speed of the game."

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