Caleb Stacey Switches Commitment from Michigan to Cincinnati

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Height6' 4.2"6' 4.3"6' 4.1"6' 4.9"6' 5.1"
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Great news this afternoon on the recruiting front. This two-week period until signing day is tumultuous as coaches attempt to hang onto the prospects that verballed to their program. Coach Jones was happy to hear that Michigan verbal Caleb Stacey now intends to sign with Cincinnati on February 1st. This is a nice counter-punch to when in early 2010, Jibreel Black switched his intentions from UC to Michigan amid Brian Kelly leaving for Notre Dame. I’m not carrying a gripe about it or anything but the news about Stacey is very encouraging. Cincinnati can clearly play the recruiting game down the stretch with the best of them. Also, the Bearcats finally got another interior lineman for this class. And boy is he a good one:



He plays offensive tackle in high school and at 6’4″ 275 lbs, why not? With his size he can easily bowl over defensive linemen. For a kid his size he has pretty good mobility. Oak Hills appears to be more of a run-first offense that flourishes on road-pavers like Stacey. He has a solid technique jumping quickly out of his stance and driving an opposing defender with his strong legs. But he seems to be a bit slow when shuffling his feet against blitzing defensive ends and linebackers on passing plays. If he can get his body in front of the DE/LB it’s no contest: Stacey wins. But the blitzer can usually win with speed around the edge.


Stacey will be redshirted his freshman year. Nothing against him, but as a rule of thumb it’s a good idea to give offensive linemen some time to adjust to playing at the collegiate offer. He certainly has the size to play big-time football. Once his redshirt year is up, I think the staff moves him to the interior of the offensive line. He’s pretty good moving from side-to-side but doesn’t have the height, arm length, and quickness to catch up to the defensive ends he’ll be facing in the Big east. No matter. He’ll have a heck of a time paving the way on the inside and should climb the depth chart at Cincinnati.

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