Sept 15, 2012; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bearcats fans cheer during the game against the Delaware State Hornets at Nippert Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Leifheit-USA TODAY Sports

Cincinnati Bearcats Boast #1 Recruiting Class In American Athletic Conference

Over the course of 24 hours, the Cincinnati Bearcats added 4 recruits to their 2015 class, quarterback Ross Trail, defensive end Marquise Copeland, linebacker Bryce Jenkinson, and wide receiver Braxton Neal.

In doing so UC boosted themselves to the top of the American Athletic Conference recruiting rankings, per 247 Sports.

  1. Cincinnati
  2. SMU
  3. Houston
  4. Tulane
  5. Temple
  6. East Carolina
  7. South Florida
  8. Tulsa
  9. Central Florida
  10. UConn
  11. Memphis

Part of the two-spot boost in the rankings is the sheer number of recruits Tommy Tuberville and crew have convinced to commit to Cincinnati. The Bearcats boast a class 12 players strong at the moment, the largest of any AAC school. SMU is the only other school that has double-digit commitments. Additionally, most of UC’s verbals are 3-star recruits, roughly 83% of the class. Few other schools in this conference can claim the same.

Now, based on the ratings of average recruits, Cincinnati is sitting in third (81.8) behind South Florida (84.2) and Temple (82.6).

But the Bulls only have 4 commitments right now. And do you think Willie Taggart can really maintain that kind of momentum at USF to the point that his class continues to have the same average player rating as Wisconsin? He’s been good on the recruiting trail in the last year for the Bulls but he’s not that good. And Temple? Come on.

Additionally, committed players like Antonio Howard, who is currently a 2-star prospect, has seen his recruitment blow up in the last several weeks. Clemson, Penn State, Miami (FL) all have offered the talented cornerback. It’s been a trend we witnessed several times at Cincinnati in the 2014 class and the 2015 class is no different. So it’s not unthinkable to imagine Howard’s, or any other UC commitment’s, rating shoot up in the coming months allowing Cincinnati to maintain their perch atop the AAC.

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