No sooner do we wrap up National Signing Day and postulate about the early impact of the class of 2014 signees do we have to turn our attention to the next crop of future Bearcats. Now I’m not privy to Tommy Tuberville and his staff’s recruiting board (few are) but it’s not too difficult to figure out just what position groups they will focus on. For example, heading into the 2014 season everyone knew Cincinnati was running low on defensive tackles. The coaches remediated that by signing 5-6 interior linemen in the most recent class.
So we can make the same assumption as we look ahead to next year.
Cincinnati has a monster senior class in 2014, 29 players in total. By my count they will lose a good 15-20 of those players off the roughly 46-man* offensive and defensive two-deep. Most of the attrition will occur along the offensive and defensive lines, especially at DE, in addition to linebacker. So those are probably the best places to start.
*22 offensive and defensive players plus the nickelback position.
Additionally the Bearcats had some misses in the 2014 recruiting cycle, namely at runningback. They only signed one (Mike Boone) and he’s a converted wide receiver. To be honest, the kid has the athleticism and build to play the runningback role but I would have liked the staff to add one or two ball carriers who were more natural fits at the position. Specifically Cincinnati needs to add some bulk here, players in the 5″9″ – 6’0″ and 185 – 200 lbs range. The only guys with those measureables on the roster are Tion Green, a junior, and Hosey Williams, who will be gone after the upcoming season.
With all of that in mind, we can breakdown the likely needs of the Cincinnati Bearcats’ 2015 recruiting class into three categories; “High”, “Medium”, and “Nice-to-Haves”.
HIGH NEEDS (12)
- Offensive Line: 3
- Defensive End: 3
- Defensive Tackle: 1
- Linebacker: 3
- Runningback: 2
MEDIUM NEEDS (6/7)
- Quarterback: 1/2 (could always use depth here)
- Cornerback: 3
- Safety: 2
- Wide Receiver: 3
- Tight End: 2