NCF On The Trail: Cincinnati Bearcats

SUGAR HILL, Ga. -- With the world’s busiest airport down the road, quarterbacks from across the country flocked to the Atlanta Elite 11 regional camp on Friday at Gary Pirkle Park, including several highly regarded passers from outside the Southeast.

Part of that group was Indianapolis Decatur Central’s Tommy Stevens. The 6-foot-4, 190-pound Stevens traveled more than 500 miles, but it was worth every mile because he proved he has the tools to compete with the best of the best.


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Midyear signings: Cincinnati

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According to GoBearcats.com, the following players have signed with Cincinnati:

Jarred Evans QB-DT Queens, N.Y./Santa Barbara City College
HT: 6-2 WT: 195
Positional Rank: No. 2 juco QB-DT
Stars: 3

Hayden Moore QB-PP Pinson, Ala./Clay-Chalkville
HT: 6-2 WT: 190
Positional Rank: No. 57 QB-PP
Stars: 3

Linden Stephens CB Euclid, Ohio/Fork Union Military
HT: 5-11 WT: 185
Positional Rank: N/A Post-Grad
Stars: Evaluation Pending
The Early Offer is RecruitingNation's regular feature, giving you a daily dose of recruiting in the mornings. Today's offerings: Ohio State moves up three spots in the RecruitingNation Class Rankings after the addition of five-star linebacker Raekwon McMillan, but the Buckeyes aren’t done in the South yet; Notre Dame also moves into the top 10 after landing the nation’s No. 1 tight end; and the NJCAA All-America team features a number of well-known recruits.

Ohio State makes Southern push
Shortly after Ohio State landed five-star linebacker Raekwon McMillan (Hinesville, Ga./Liberty County), I asked on Twitter if it’s time to stop doubting Buckeye coach Urban Meyer’s recruiting efforts. Of course, fans from other schools all over the country jumped in and said the jury is still out (and several other things that aren’t safe for print). But even then the biggest Meyer critics might have to change their minds if he is able to also land No. 4 receiver Johnnie Dixon (Palm Beach, Fla./Dwyer) in the next couple of days. The Buckeyes currently have the nation’s No. 8 class and have some major momentum heading into the final push.

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When Lonnie Johnson (Gary, Ind./West Side) committed to Ohio State on Mother’s Day -- May 12 -- the four-star wide receiver did it with enthusiasm and excitement.


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The Early Offer is RecruitingNation's regular feature, giving you a daily dose of recruiting in the mornings. Today's offerings: The rumor mill has started to picked up about the status of Jalyn Holmes' commitment to Ohio State, so the four-star linebacker took to Twitter on Wednesday to address the speculation; one of the most heavily courted junior-college DT prospects has his sights set on two fast-rising SEC teams; and Oklahoma State commit Tyreek Hill picked the perfect time for a breakout game.


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American recruiting class rankings 

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Each Wednesday, ESPN RecruitingNation updates its national class rankings and its conference class rankings.

The American is led by a pair of teams on their way out of the league. Rutgers, who will move to the Big Ten, leads the conference with a class that is headlined by four in-state ESPN 300 prospects. Louisville, who will leave for the ACC, is close behind the Scarlet Knights in both the top 40 and AAC ranks. The USF Bulls, who recently picked up three-star ATH Kendall Sawyer, are at No. 3.

1. Rutgers, 24 commits: The Scarlet Knights sit at No. 18 in the class rankings with a class that includes four ESPN 300 prospects. Rutgers is loading up at the skill positions with wide receivers No. 113 overall Saeed Blacknall (Manalapan, N.J./Manalapan) and No. 136 Adonis Jennings (Erial, N.J./Timber Creek Regional), along with running back and No. 286 Jonathan Hilliman (Jersey City, N.J./Saint Peter's Prep). Three-star playmaker Isaiah McKenzie (Plantation, Fla./American Heritage) and wide Kendrick Edwards (Miami/Norland) are two out of the Sunshine State the Scarlet Knights covet.


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The Early Offer is RecruitingNation's regular feature, giving you a daily dose of recruiting in the mornings. Today's offerings: Brad Kaaya has been committed to Miami since May, but an offer earlier this week from UCLA could give him second thoughts; a Kansas junior college matchup features two teams loaded with Division I recruits; and could rapper Jay-Z become a recruiting tool for Nebraska?

Where there’s smoke?
UCLA extended a scholarship to ESPN 300 quarterback Brad Kaaya (West Hills, Calif./Chaminade) Tuesday afternoon, and the offer could be a game-changer for the longtime Miami commitment. Kaaya, ranked as the nation’s No. 9 pocket passer, committed to the 'Canes in May, but many college coaches always believed if UCLA or USC were to offer it would give him something to really think about. Kaaya said his focus is on his an upcoming game against Sherman Oaks (Cailf.) Notre Dame, but his mother, Angela Means-Kaaya, tweeted her son remains committed to Miami. “UCLA is an awesome program that he respects, at this time he is committed 2 The University of Miami,” she said. UCLA coach Jim Mora was on hand to watch Kaaya play last Friday night.

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Just a few days after stubbing its toe on the field, the Big Ten conference will try to right the ship in the recruiting world.

Larry Scott
Brad Bournival/ESPNESPN Junior 300 running back Larry Scott will make an unofficial visit to the Horseshoe this weekend.
From official visits to commitments, here’s a look at a few programs that highlight a busy time in this week’s Big Ten storylines.

Buckeye leafs

The fact Ohio State opened as 57-point favorites against Florida A&M didn’t scare off some big unofficial visitors, as ESPN Junior 300 running back Larry Scott -- L.J. for short -- out of Hubbard (Ohio) High School will lead a group of three big names with unofficial visits to the Horseshoe.


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The Early Offer is RecruitingNation's latest feature, giving you a daily dose of recruiting in the mornings. Today's offerings: No team in America is more on fire than the Alabama Crimson Tide and they’re not done yet; UCLA gets two major DB commits and make an impression with new uniforms, and juco linebacker Errol Clarke II is quickly becoming a wanted man with Big 12 and SEC coaches.

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Three-star CB Hallmon commits to Rutgers

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The Scarlet Knights added to their defensive backfield Monday night with the pledge of cornerback Deion Hallmon (Weston, Fla./Cypress Bay).

Hallmon announced his decision on Twitter and the news has been confirmed by multiple reports.

 


He was a highly-offered prospect, holding more than 20 BCS conference scholarships. Hallmon had planned an Oct. 11 official visit to Wisconsin and received offers from Arizona, Arkansas, Auburn, Boston College, Cincinnati, Clemson, UConn, Florida State, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Memphis, Miami, Mississippi State, Nebraska, North Carolina State, Ole Miss, Pittsburgh, Purdue, South Carolina, South Florida, Syracuse, Temple, UCLA, Wake Forest, Washington State and West Virginia.

Non-BCS programs such as Akron, Appalachian State, Bowling Green, Central Michigan, East Carolina, Eastern Michigan, Florida A&M, Florida Atlantic, Louisiana-Lafayette, Marshall, Middle Tennessee, Northern Illinois, Ohio, South Alabama and Western Kentucky also offered the 5-foot-11, 175-pound senior.

Rutgers now has 23 verbals for 2014 and the nation's 19th best recruiting class.

CB Zach Muniz picks Duke

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Three-star cornerback Zach Muniz (St. Louis, Mo./Christian Brothers) is on board with the Blue Devils, according to multiple reports.

Arkansas State, Ball State, Bowling Green, Cincinnati, Miami-OH, New Mexico, Northern Illinois, Toledo and Western Michigan also offered the 5-foot-11, 165-pound prospect. Illinois, Iowa, Iowa State, Kansas, Missouri and Northwestern expressed interest.

Muniz is commitment No. 14 for Duke.

Hogs add DT Armon Watts

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Arkansas has received a pledge from 2014 defensive tackle Armon Watts (St. Louis, Mo./Christian Brothers College), according to multiple reports.

Razorbacks defensive coordinator Chris Ash served as his primary recruiter.

Watts' other scholarship offers include Ball State, Cincinnati, Idaho, Kentucky, Memphis, Missouri, New Mexico and Wisconsin. Indiana, Michigan State, Tennessee and UCLA also showed interest.

Arkansas now has 16 verbals and the 38th best class for 2014.

Weekly Commitment Roundup

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American Athletic
Cincinnati
Hayden Moore QB-PP Pinson, Ala./Clay-Chalkville
HT: 6-2 WT: 180
Positional Ranking: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Alex Thomas WR Hollywood, Fla./Chaminade Madonna College Preparatory School
HT: 6-0 WT: 167
Positional Ranking: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Connecticut
Alec Bloom TE-Y Ligonier, Pa./Ligonier Valley
HT: 6-7 WT: 230
Positional Ranking: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Tom Rodrick ILB Leicester, Mass./Leicester
HT: 6-3 WT: 230
Positional Ranking: #52 ILB
Stars: 2

Houston
Elton Dyer WR South Houston, Texas/South Houston
HT: 6-2 WT: 175
Positional Ranking: #142 WR
Stars: 3

Darius Joiner OT Temple, Texas/Temple
HT: 6-4 WT: 262
Positional Ranking: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Henry Smith WR River Ridge, La./John Curtis Christian
HT: 6-2 WT: 180
Positional Ranking: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Louisville
Poona Ford DT Hilton Head, S.C./Hilton Head
HT: 6-0 WT: 285
Positional Ranking: #21 DT
Stars: 4
ESPN 300 (#275)

Chris Nelson DT Lakeland, Fla./Victory Christian
HT: 6-2 WT: 280
Positional Ranking: #69 DT
Stars: 3

Isaac Stewart ILB Matthews, N.C./Butler
HT: 6-1 WT: 230
Positional Ranking: #27 ILB
Stars: 3

Memphis
Curtis Akins ILB Byhalia, Miss./Byhalia
HT: 6-0 WT: 208
Positional Ranking: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

South Florida
Michael Galati OG Bradenton, Fla./Manatee
HT: 6-2 WT: 292
Positional Ranking: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

ACC
Georgia Tech
Will Bryan OG Carnesville, Ga./Franklin County
HT: 6-3 WT: 265
Class of 2015

Terrell Lewis OLB Ocoee, Fla./Ocoee
HT: 6-2 WT: 206
Positional Ranking: #32 OLB
Stars: 4

Miami (FL)
Brandon Powell ATH Deerfield Beach, Fla./Deerfield Beach
HT: 5-9 WT: 169
Positional Ranking: #34 ATH
Stars: 4
ESPN 300 (#276)

Virginia
Jeff Farrar ATH Upland, Calif./Upland
HT: 6-0 WT: 194
Positional Ranking: #21 ATH
Stars: 4
ESPN 300 (#188)

Virginia Tech
Greg Stroman ATH Manassas, Va./Stonewall Jackson
HT: 5-11 WT: 152
Positional Ranking: #142 ATH
Stars: 3

Big 12
Baylor

Ronnie Major OT Huntsville, Texas/Huntsville
HT: 6-6 WT: 280
Positional Ranking: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending
Class of 2015

Kansas State
D'Vonta Derricott ILB Garden City, Kan./Garden City CC
HT: 6-1 WT: 230
Positional Ranking: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Oklahoma
Mark Andrews TE-H Scottsdale, Ariz./Desert Mountain
HT: 6-6 WT: 220
Positional Ranking: #8 TE-H
Stars: 4
ESPN 300 (#295)

TCU
Ty Barrett OT Dallas/Skyline
HT: 6-5 WT: 310
Positional Ranking: #36 OT
Stars: 3

West Virginia
Devante Averette ILB Iowa Falls, Iowa/Ellsworth CC
HT: 6-0 WT: 230
Positional Ranking: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Davonte James OLB Springfield, Ohio/Springfield
HT: 6-1 WT: 233
Positional Ranking: #17 OLB
Stars: 4
ESPN 300 (#236)

Big Ten
Michigan State
Robert Bowers DE Columbus, Ohio/Walnut Ridge
HT: 6-5 WT: 210
Positional Ranking: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Jayru Campbell QB-DT Detroit/Cass Technical
HT: 6-3 WT: 175
Class of 2015

Pac 12
Arizona

Jamie Byrd S Dade City, Fla./Iowa Western CC
HT: 5-11 WT: 195
Positional Ranking: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Jeff Worthy DT Santa Ana, Calif./Santa Ana CC
HT: 6-3 WT: 290
Positional Ranking: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Arizona State
Chad Adams CB Allen, Texas/Allen
HT: 5-9 WT: 162
Positional Ranking: #62 CB
Stars: 3

Jamal Scott ATH Anaheim, Calif./Magnolia
HT: 6-2 WT: 200
Positional Ranking: #85 ATH
Stars: 3

Oregon State
Najee Toran OG Houston/North Shore
HT: 6-2 WT: 242
Positional Ranking: #43 OG
Stars: 3

Stanford
Hayden Lekacz K Glen Ellyn, Ill./Glenbard West
HT: 6-1 WT: 180
Positional Ranking: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

UCLA
Antreal Allen CB Auburn, Ala./Auburn
HT: 5-11 WT: 176
Positional Ranking: #54 CB
Stars: 3

JoJo McIntosh S West Hills, Calif./Chaminade College Prep
HT: 6-2 WT: 180
Positional Ranking: #99 S
Stars: 3

SEC
Alabama
Ricky Town QB-PP Ventura, Calif./Saint Bonaventure
HT: 6-4 WT: 190
Positional Ranking: #2 QB-PP
Stars: 4
ESPN Jr. 300 (#42)

Auburn
Racean Thomas RB Oxford, Ala./Oxford
HT: 5-11 WT: 202
Positional Ranking: #5 RB
Stars: 4
ESPN 300 (#34)

Mississippi State
Gerri Green DT Greenville, Miss./Greenville Weston
HT: 6-4 WT: 215
Positional Ranking: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Missouri
Marvin Zanders QB-DT Jacksonville, Fla./Raines
HT: 6-2 WT: 175
Positional Ranking: #33 QB-DT
Stars: 3

Texas A&M
Rodney Anderson RB Katy, Texas/Katy
HT: 6-1 WT: 205
Positional Ranking: #9 RB for 2015
Stars: 4

Independent
Army
Alex Aukerman Greenwood, Ind./Center Grove
HT: 6-1 WT: 205

Brigham Young
Tyler Cook-Nolan OLB Murrieta, Calif./Vista Murrieta
HT: 6-3 WT: 212
Positional Ranking: #91 OLB
Stars: 3

Kavika Fonua S Syracuse, Utah/Syracuse
HT: 6-0 WT: 203

Navy
Evan Akins OT Hudsonville, Mich./Hudsonville
HT: 6-5 WT: 285

Jake Banholzer DT Rolla, Mo./Rolla
HT: 6-2 WT: 261

Notre Dame
Matt Dickerson DT San Mateo, Calif./Junipero Serra
HT: 6-5 WT: 275
Positional Ranking: #27 DT
Stars: 4

Richard Yeargin III OLB Fort Lauderdale, Fla./University School of Nova South
HT: 6-3 WT: 225
Positional Ranking: #25 OLB
Stars: 4

Conference USA
Florida International

Tyler Sayles DE Deerfield Beach, Fla./Deerfield Beach
HT: 6-1 WT: 242

Tulane
Eric Bowie OLB Monroe, La./Ouachita Parish
HT: 6-1 WT: 219

Tulsa
Jeremy Smith TE-Y Tulsa, Okla./Berryhill
HT: 6-4 WT: 230

UAB
Jalen Stewart DT Columbus, Miss./Columbus
HT: 6-1 WT: 260

UTSA
Kevin Strong DT Cleveland, Texas/Cleveland
HT: 6-1 WT: 280

Mid American
Akron
Zach Gingerich K Bellefontaine, Ohio/Bellefontaine
HT: 6-3 WT: 202

Bowling Green
Jalen Brady QB-PP Southfield, Mich./Southfield
HT: 5-11 WT: 204

Buffalo
Skylar Hartley OG Hilliard, Ohio/Bradley Hilliard
HT: 6-1 WT: 317

Northern Illinois
Mayomi Olootu Jr. CB Allen, Texas/Allen
HT: 5-8 WT: 170

Mountain West
Air Force
Chandler Hawkins S Bellflower, Calif./Saint John Bosco
HT: 5-11 WT: 175

LaJuan Hunt RB Fort Lauderdale, Fla./University School of Nova South
HT: 5-9 WT: 192

San Diego State
Rayshawn Boyce DE Los Angeles/Salesian
HT: 6-2 WT: 216

Sun Belt
Georgia State
Chandon Sullivan CB Winder, Ga./Winder-Barrow
HT: 5-10 WT: 174

Lousiana-Lafayette
Adrian Goodacre OG Carthage, Texas/Carthage
HT: 6-3 WT: 305

Louisiana-Monroe
David Griffith OLB Plano, Texas/Plano
HT: 6-1 WT: 195

Cody McGuire ILB Monroe, La./Sterlington
HT: 6-2 WT: 230

Kaylon Watson ATH Mexia, Texas/Mexia
HT: 5-11 WT: 200

Texas State
Cedric Gambrell DE Cleveland, Texas/Cleveland
HT: 6-5 WT: 225

Brelynd Goods OLB Bellaire, Texas/Bellaire
HT: 6-3 WT: 209

Stedman Mayberry RB Cedar Park, Texas/Vista Ridge
HT: 5-10 WT: 180

Western Kentucky
Evan Sayner DE Paducah, Ky./Lone Oak
HT: 6-3 WT: 250

Bearcats pull one from Bowling Green

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Class of 2014 wide receiver Alex Thomas (Hollywood, Fla./Chaminade-Madonna) has switched his commitment from Bowling Green to Cincinnati, according to multiple reports.

Thomas was also offered by Akron, Appalachian State, Kent State, Marshall, Minnesota, Utah State and Western Kentucky. Auburn, Clemson, Miami-FL, Tennessee, Western Michigan and Wisconsin showed interest.

Cincinnati now has 18 pledges for 2014 with the addition of the 6-foot, 167-pound Thomas and quarterback Hayden Moore (Pinson, Ala./Clay-Chalkville), who committed earlier this week.

ESPN 300 LB Davonte James decides

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Friday night, Davonte James (Springfield, Ohio/Springfield) announced his commitment to West Virginia in front of 75 friends and family at the local Quality Inn, the Springfield News Sun reports.

Cincinnati, Georgia Tech and Purdue were the ESPN 300 linebacker's other finalists. Illinois, Indiana, Marshall and Toledo also offered, while Michigan State, Ohio State, Pittsburgh and Wisconsin showed interest.

"I picked West Virginia because of the family atmosphere," he said. "When I went there they treated me just like their son. It was a great place to be, and everybody expressed that they really wanted me there."

The 6-foot-1, 233-pound prospect registered an electronically timed 5.10 40-yard dash, 4.55 20-yard shuttle, 27.1-inch vertical, 35-foot power throw and 65.43 SPARQ this spring at a Nike event.

James, ranked 236th nationally, is now West Virginia's highest-rated defensive recruit. The Mountaineers have 12 commitments.

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