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Jack McCracken Visits Bearcats

Dave Berk Scouting Report

Cincinnati Moeller senior tight end Jack McCracken is having a great season for the Crusaders leading the Greater Catholic League in touchdown catches with eight in six games.

This summer, McCracken camped with the Bearcats catching the eye of head coach Luke Fickell and tight ends coach Doug Phillips.

Over the weekend the Bearcats reached out to the 6-foot-4, 215-pound McCracken telling him they’ve been watching and how they would love to get some one-on-one time with him and his family.

That happened on Wednesday and Bearcat Insider caught up with McCracken following the visit.

“Had a great time at Cincinnati today,” McCracken told Bearcat Insider.  “It started off with us spending time with Coach Phillips for about 30-45 minutes.  We didn’t necessarily talk about football, but spoke about my family and his background.”

McCracken soon learned about the Bearcats interest while also learning about the reality of where the Bearcats are right now in recruiting.

“Coach Phillips was very up front about how they have a good number of tight ends right now and have other needs in this class,” explained McCracken. “However, he also said they’ve been following me closely and that I’m the type of player and person they want at UC.”

The Bearcats made sure to give McCracken all the information he’d need as they also matched him up with former Bearcat and Moeller alum Doug Rosfeld, director of player personnel for the Bearcats.

“We also spent time with Doug Rosfeld,” he said.  “That was nice since our families are good friends.  He took us through a great presentation.”

Jack McCracken scores against St. Xavier

But it was the time spend with Bearcats head coach Luke Fickell that grabbed McCracken’s attention.

“Coach Fickell was great,” he continued.  “We talked about his son, who now goes to Moeller and is a friend of my little brother.  He was upfront and explained they don’t have any tight end scholarships because they’ve got numbers there and the fact Josh Whyle is committed to them already.

“Just like Coach Phillips, he explained they have a great need for offensive linemen now as a few left the program.  He said they know I’m going to have opportunities down the road because of the way I’m playing.  However, he wanted to stress their interest in me and that I shouldn’t take their interest in me as a preferred walk-on as a slight because they really want me in the program, but just don’t have the scholarships in this class.”

The day ended where it started for McCracken and his parents with more time with Coach Phillips.

“Coach Phillips thanked us for coming and stressed how he really wants up to keep Cincinnati in mind, especially, when we get closer to the end of the season.

Founder of Bearcat Insider in Jan of 2005.

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