National Signing Day is always insanity at it’s finest as high school players from around the country sign their National Letters of Intent and fax them to their future schools. It’s a fast and furious process as programs scramble to lock in prospects whom they have been pursuing for months in the hopes of receiving their John Hancock today. Cincinnati has been no different and I don’t blame you if the news has been a little tough to keep up with. So I’ve gone ahead and summarized all of the morning events in this post.
But first, be sure to check out the official National Signing Day site on GoBearcats.com. Also we at Cincy on the Prowl have an exhaustive list of the recruits in Cincinnati’s 2014 class regardless of whether they have signed their NLI or not.
If that name resonates in your mind a bit, it should. After all, Atkinson committed to Cincinnati not one week ago. The Georgia Bulldogs offered the local tight end late Tuesday night despite not showing a whole heck of a lot of interest in the months prior. Atkinson had been courted by Cincinnati and several other programs (Louisville, Purdue, Illinois, Wake Forest) for a while now but ultimately chose UC on Friday. Tommy Tuberville had been popping in and out of the area for the past two weeks so it wouldn’t be surprising if the Bearcats head coach visited the recruit himself. As such, accepting a last minute offer from Georgia is a bit of a slap in the face.
That’s not a shot in the gut by any means. Fullwood was just one player out of like 30 who could have signed with UC today. But the talented cornerback’s skills could have definitely been utilized at Cincinnati where cornerback is all of a sudden a position with nary any depth. Adding Fullwood to the roster, and potentially two-deep, next season would have certainly helped solidify the cover corner unit for UC.
The 3 star defensive end was recognized early by Tommy Tuberville and his staff, who offered him on May 28th of last year. He only had interest from Iowa State and East Carolina at the time but Williams verballed to Cincinnati. Almost immediately his recruitment exploded. After committing to UC, he picked up offers from the likes of NC State, Auburn, Georgia Tech, Purdue, Nebraska, and Missouri. Unfortunately for the Bearcats it was the Tigers’ one that made Williams change his intentions.
Mouhon visited Cincinnati and his brother with a far more buzzworthy first name on January 17th. Since then he’s steadily been leaning to UC. And he’s made it official today, accepting the offer from the Bearcats over several Power 5 schools including Florida State, Florida, Auburn, Notre Dame, Ohio State, among two-dozen more. Mouhon has signed with Cincinnati this morning.
The Bearcats did get a nice last minute win by snagging defensive tackle Keith Minor from Texas. He has previously been committed to New Mexico but Robert Prunty talked some reason into him and convinced him to sign with UC. Defensive tackle has been an area of need for Cincinnati in the 2014 class and the staff responded by adding four interior linemen to the roster. I’m not sure where Minor winds up, be it on the inside or outside, but his 6’3″ 240 lbs frame is a good one to build on.