As the faxes came in fast and furiously this morning a few names came through that appear to be last minute additions for UC. So to get you caught up on the new Bearcats, here’s a midday update on the previously uncommitted players who ultimately decided to sign with Cincinnati.
A JUCO wide receiver from the College of DuPage in Illinois, Holton was believed to be a Cincinnati lean in the weeks leading up to National Signing Day. He wound up signing with UC today. JUCO receivers have been a mixed bag for the Bearcats. On one end of the spectrum, Kenbrell Thompkins was a 2-year starter for Cincinnati and on the other end Jamar Howard never made much of a contribution. For Holton he seems like he could fit in nicely at returner if he doesn’t see the field in his first year in the regular offense. He’s a legit 6’3″ and has long legs which allows him to burst down the field with ease. The Bearcats could sure use another home run hitter on special teams to compliment Ralph David Abernathy.
|Height - Weight||5'7", 165 lbs|
|247 Sports||*** - 80|
|Rivals||** - 5.4|
|ESPN||*** - 78|
The tight end out of Danville, Virginia was committed to NC State for basically the last 8 months. But I’m suspecting the firing of head coach Tom O’Brien may have swayed his loyalty to the Wolfpack. As such, Tuberville and crew were able to flip him to Cincinnati. Burton also boasted an offer from Texas Tech so it’s likely that the new UC head coach has been tracking him for a while, as was the case with quite a few of the Bearcats’ commitment this year.
|Hakeem Allonce||DT||*** - 84||*** - 5.5||-||***|
|Mike Boone||WR||** - 79||-||*** - 76||**|
|Landon Brazile||DE/TE||** - 74||*** - 5.5||-||***|
|Luke Callahan||OG||** - 75||*** - 5.6||*** - 75||***|
|Nathaniel Devers||OG||*** - 88||*** - 5.7||*** - 78||***|
|Jarred Evans||QB||** - 79||*** - 5.5||-||-|
|Corey Ferguson||DB||** - 76||** - 5.4||-||**|
|Kimoni Fitz||DE||*** - 83||-||*** - 73||**|
|Tyrell Gilbert||ATH||** - 79||** - 5.4||*** - 74||**|
|Casey Gladney||WR||**** - 90||*** - 5.5||-||***|
|Kaleb Harris||ATH||** - 77||*** - 5.5||*** - 76||***|
|Carter Jacobs||S/OLB||** - 75||** - 5.4||*** - 71||**|
|Conner Krizancic||WR||** - 79||** - 5.4||*** - 73||***|
|John Kurtz||OT||-||** - 5.3||-||**|
|Frank Labady||ATH||*** - 80||** - 5.4||*** - 78||***|
|Hayden Moore||QB||*** - 80||** - 5.4||-||**|
|Davin Pierce||ATH||*** - 82||*** - 5.5||*** - 74||**|
|Odell Spencer||DB||*** - 84||*** - 5.6||*** - 74||**|
|Ryan Stout||OT/DT||** - 77||** - 5.4||-||***|
|Alex Thomas||ATH||** - 77||** - 5.4||-||**|
|Joel Thompson||DT||*** - 84||** - 5.4||-||***|
|Spencer Williams||DE||*** - 85||** - 5.4||*** - 77||**|
He was previous committed to UAB while he awaited potential offers from Auburn and/or Ole Miss. They never came so Cunningham decided to stick with the Blazers until UC gave him another option, which he took. And that’s excellent news for the Bearcats. Cunningham is an extremely athletic prospect who plays on both sides of the ball. While he’s officially listed as a tight end/defensive end hybrid, he’s an edge rusher all the way and will play defense at Cincinnati. Given his size (6’5″ 225 lbs at a minimum) he could be a strong side defensive end in the making. Of these three commitments, I’m most excited about the prospects of Cunningham growing within the system and eventually becoming a game changing pass rusher eventually at Cincinnati. He has quite a bit of upside and could develop into a very special player.
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