Bearcats recruit to their strengths 

June, 11, 2012
Cincinnati is a blue-collar program coached by blue-collar guys. Outside of his affinity for premium cigars, there’s nothing in Mick Cronin’s background that reeks of entitlement. He is the guy who’s going to roll up his sleeves and put in the work on the recruiting front.

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Courtesy of Dave TelepKevin Johnson is a top five 2013 point guard in Ohio.
Permeating throughout his program is a collective sense of something to prove. From a recruiting standpoint, that’s just fine by Cronin. In fact, his most successful signings entered the program with a big chip on their shoulders. JaQuon Parker was a Virginia kid passed over the by the two ACC schools in his state, Dion Dixon didn't have an offer from Illinois despite a Chicago address and Cashmere Wright had Clemson on his tail but he wasn’t an SEC or ACC priority even with a Georgia zip code. Those guys turned out pretty well over the years.

Enter Troy Caupain (Richmond, Va./Cosby) and Kevin Johnson (Cincinnati, Ohio/Summit Country Day). Both of these guards committed to the Bearcats in the last three days and both are what you would refer to as under the radar.