Bearcats Sign Top Class
With a whole year under his belt, Cincinnati Bearcats head coach Luke Fickell and his staff showed their power on the recruiting trail signing a top-notch class during the first signing period of the 2018 recruiting cycle.
After a few years of lack luster overall team recruiting rankings by the recruiting media, the Bearcats have a class to yell about this time around.
When hired last December, Fickell stressed the Bearcats would return to recruiting their backyard and several local prospects signed letters of intent showing Bearcat fans Fickell and staff could keep their promise.
However, it wasn’t just the local talent Fickell was able to draw to Clifton. Future Bearcats also will come from Illinois, Florida, Georgia and Kentucky. Again, showing he’s not afraid to venture outside of the country, Fickell hit up Germany signing Lorenz Metz, an under the radar prospect for sure. But one who stands a reported 6-foot-9, 277-pounds. Metz is listed as a defender but could also see a flip to offensive tackle if needed.
As for the local talent, power programs La Salle, St. Xavier, Colerain and Fairfield saw some of their top talent stay home. Fans should be excited by the likes of Josh Whyle, Blake Bacevich, Ja’von Hicks and Malik Vann. Add in Western Brown receiver Wyatt Fischer, and the Bearcats came away solid with homegrown talent.
Under the radar Northern Kentucky prospect Alex Dowds who ended his prep career at Campbell County as the KYFCA Class 6A District 6 Player of the Year and you start to get a feel for the strength of the Bearcats local haul.
The Bearcats pulled in talent from Central, Northeast and Northwest Ohio with the likes of Ty Van Fossen, Colin Woodside, Arquon Bush, Darnell Shields,Taj Ward, Daeshon Martin and Dylan O’Quinn.
While many now look at the Dayton area as just an outreach of Cincinnati, the Bearcats also pulled in Franklin, Ohio running back Ryan Montgomery and pulled in former Kentucky pledge Meechi Harris out of Xenia, Ohio.
Out of state the Bearcats pulled in some great talent with the likes of Alec Pierce, Jeremy Cooper, Jayshon Jackson and former Wisconsin quarterback pledge Ben Bryant out of Illinois.
Heading south the Bearcats hit Georgia with running back Charles McClelland before heading to Florida and grabbing athlete Yanez Rogers out of Pompano Beach.
To view list of those who the University of Cincinnati released on National Signing Day to Letters of Intent, CLICK HERE