(Courtesy Our Town Sylvania)
The verbals are coming fast and furiously at this point. At this rate Cincinnati’s class will be full by October. This time Scout is reporting that Toledo-area lineman Ryan Stout has committed to the Bearcats. Without even looking at game tape of the player, just the fact that Cincinnati snagged a prospect from Northwest Ohio is impressive. Even Ohio State doesn’t do all that great here as Michigan and Michigan State have crossed the border numerous times in recent years and laid claim to the area. Overall it’s just a tough region of the state to break ground in so kudos to likely Steven Clinkscale and Darren Hiller for pulling in Stout. The lineman boasts offers from around the MAC but is also garnering interest from Michigan State. He could be yet another UC verbal who could see his recruitment explode this Fall.
|Height - Weight||6'5", 245 lbs|
|High School||Sylvania Southview|
|247 Sports||** - 77|
|Rivals||** - 5.4|
Stout lines up as a defensive end for Sylvania Southview in multiple 4-3 and 3-4 sets. As such he’s responsible for understanding complicated alignments with different points of attack on most plays. It’s a mentally tasking aspect of his role that should help his learning curve at the next level. Stout is a good-sized defensive lineman and has a solid bullrush off the snap. But he doesn’t seem to display quickness off the edge like most defensive ends or the agility to evade the offensive tackle if he isn’t overpowered. However I’m extremely impressed with the effort Stout shows on every play. If he doesn’t penetrate the backfield on his initial push, he stays with the play, keeps his eye on the ball carrier, and does a nice job getting after him to bring him down or at least close off running lanes. Effort is one aspect of young players that usually can’t be coached and it’s nice to see that in Stout.
But he also appears to be a two-way player, lining up at offensive tackle on some occasions. He displays decent footwork and solid blocking abilities but his bread and butter is along the defensive line.
Depending on how the staff wants to use him, Stout projects to either an offensive tackle or defensive tackle at Cincinnati. He has the length to be an outside blocker for the Bearcats sometime down the road and he already has experience there. I don’t see a future at defensive end for him but he could absolutely move to the interior of the DL if the coaches choose to go that route. Regardless, Stout needs to had at least 30-40 lbs during his time at Cincinnati. I don’t think that will be much of a problem for him. He has a lean frame and once he gets into a college strength and conditioning program, he should bulk up quickly. Stout’s progression at UC could potentially follow that of current defensive tackle Camaron Beard, who signed with the Bearcats as a lean-ish defensive end and added almost 50 lbs during his first few years.