UC football has gone through quite a bit of transition since Butch Jones left for Tennessee and Tommy Tuberville took over to steer the Goode Ship Bearcat. No place has this change been more impactful than on the recruiting trail as the class of 2013 claimed just three signees who were previously committed Cincinnati when Jones was head coach. Since his departure those prospects have found new homes all over the country.
I should preface this list by letting you know that most of the schools you’ll see are members of weaker conferences like the MAC. The immediate reaction I’ve seen was that because this is where his former recruits have signed Butch Jones’ targets automatically were really MAC-level players, not BCS caliber players befitting of Cincinnati. This isn’t necessarily the case for every commit. Jones left so late in the year that by the time his former recruits were forced to look elsewhere, most BCS programs had already filled their available slots. They had no choice but to look at the lesser conferences.
So it’s a mixed bag. Without delaying this any further, the list of former UC commits and their landings spots after the jump.
TE A.J. Branisel: Tennessee
ATH Jaleel Canty: Eastern Michigan
LB Dakota Cox: New Mexico
DT Nik D’Avanzo: New Mexico
RB Robert Davis: Memphis
DB Isaiah Gourdine: Bowling Green
DT Anthony Green: Bethune-Cookman
QB Kyle Kempt: Oregon State
RB Marcus Levy: Bowling Green
DB Demetrius Monday: Kent State
RB Aregeros Turner: Northern Illinois
OL Dylan Wiesman: Tennessee
WR Austin Wolf: Akron
Also of the former Butch Jones recruits who went the JUCO route and had the potential to resign with Cincinnati:
DE Demetrius Alston: Texas Tech
WR Rodriguez Coleman: Kansas