On June 8th, the Cincinnati Bearcats claimed just five commitments in their 2015 recruiting class. Two weeks later, Tommy Tuberville and his staff tripled it.
The last few weeks have been a whirlwind of commitment after commitment for UC football. The Bearcats had slowly but steadily added recruits in the months prior. Virginia safety Malik Clements kicked things off February 17th. Then the staff added defensive tackle Norman Oglesby a few months later on May 12th, athlete Daniel Cobb on the 16th, and speedy corner Antonio Howard a day later.
When the page of the calendar turned from May to June, Cincinnati couldn’t accept commitments fast enough. Georgia linebacker Quintin Hampton was the first on the 9th and 14 days and nine verbals later Virginia defensive end Caleb Ashworth cast his lot with the Bearcats. The full swath of recruits during this time are below:
- 6/9: Quintin Hampton - Linebacker; Moultrie, Georgia
- 6/10: Jhavonte Dean – Athlete; Homestead, Florida
- 6/13: Doug Bates – Tight End; Cincinnati, Ohio
- 6/13: Garret Jansen – Defensive End; Pella, Ohio
- 6/17: Marquise Copeland – Defensive End; Bedford, Ohio
- 6/17: Bryce Jenkinson – Linebacker; Greenville, Ohio
- 6/17: Braxton Neal – Wide Receiver; West Chester, Ohio
- 6/18: Ross Trail – Quarterback; Wynne, Arkansas
- 6/21: Joshua Norwood – Cornerback; Valdosta, Georgia
- 6/23: Griffin Riggs – Defensive End; Auburn, Alabama
- 6/23: Caleb Ashworth – Athlete; Dry Fork, Virginia
The main reason we’ve witnessed high school prospects committing to UC at a torrential rate is the set of football camps Cincinnati scheduled this past month. The Bearcats’ coaching staff, even back to the Butch Jones days, have had a habit of pocketing scholarship offers until they bring players to Clifton. This strategy allows them to run prospects through drills they’ve designed, evaluate recruits with their own eyes, and understand how they will fit on the team. It’s served this program well in the past and should do so in the future, especially if Cincinnati continues to recruit against Power 5 schools.
With 15 commitments already in the fold, I’d expect this staff to be a bit more choosy with who they give their last 10-or-so scholarships. Offensive linemen are a priority right now along with runningbacks. So if any prospect were to get an offer in the coming weeks and months, chances are he will come from either of those position groups.