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Linden Stephens, Hayden Moore Sign With Cincinnati, Will Enroll Early

Per Dave Berk at Scout, JUCO quarterback Jarred Evans wasn’t the only of the Bearcats’ verbal commitments to sign their letters of intent yesterday. Cornerback Linden Stephens and signal caller Hayden Moore also partook in the act and will enroll early at UC. Like Evans, they will arrive in Clifton in January to get a leg up on the other members of the 2014 class by participating in winter workouts and spring practice.

Linden Stephens is the most recent commitment for Tommy Tuberville. He literally verballed to Cincinnati last weekend. Stephens is a cornerback who will wind up somewhere in the defensive backfield during his time at UC. While the Bearcats were his only offer, he was garnering interest from Penn State and hails from a college feeder school in Fork Union Academy. You can read more about him in his recruit profile.

A snippet from that profile is below.

His biggest advantage is his size. At 6’0″, 185 lbs Stephens has the frame of a wide receiver, meaning when he matches up man-to-man with a wideout he isn’t overshadowed by their size. His long arms can bat away passes that shorter DBs wouldn’t be able to get to. Additionally, Stephens displays solid hip flexibility when he plays cornerback, which is a critical ability for the position. That will serve him well at the next level.

Hayden Moore committed to Cincinnati way back in early August. He was the first quarterback to verbal to UC in this class. Moore boasted offers from some smaller schools such as Middle Tennessee State and UAB but the recruiting service 247 Sports elevated his rating from a three-star 80 to a three-star 87 this past week. His 2013 campaign in which he completed 63.5% of his passes for over 1,500 yards and 19 touchdowns probably led to that. You can read more about the quarterback in his recruit profile.

A snippet from that profile is below.

Clearly Moore is a dual-threat quarterback given his stats above. His ability to burn the defense with both his legs and his arm is a mental game he tends to play with them. And it’s a game he seems to win more often than not. Moore has decent arm strength and displays nice touch on the ball.

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