Thursday, February 4, 2010
Cincinnati recruiting analysis
By Brian Bennett
Throughout the day, I'll have a review of each Big East's teams 2010 signing class. We're going in alphabetical order, so stay patient and your team will roll around.
View class here.
Heavy on: Defensive backs (five).
Geographic trend: Fifteen of the 22 are from Ohio.
Headliners: WR Dyjuan Lewis (four stars), QB Munchie Legaux (three stars)
Sleeper: Montrel Robinson, a tight end in high school who should play slot receiver.
Best potential for immediate impact: Lewis could step in and contribute on offense, while John Lloyd could be the team's punter right away.
Needs met: The Bearcats needed some quarterbacks, with their top two both in the junior class, and they signed two. They stocked the defensive backfield position while picking up three receivers and four defensive linemen to shore up those areas.
Analysis: Given the fact that Butch Jones took over in December and had to try and keep together a class that was mostly assembled in the summer, this is a decent class. There were quite a few defections, as expected, but Jones also added a few players late like Legaux and receiver Anthony McClung. This program has been built on under-the-radar Ohio recruits.
What Jones said: "We were forced to build relationships in a very short period of time, and I think we were able to do that ... I think it was an extremely unusual year in terms of all the decommits ... (Finding quarterbacks) was big in the recruiting process as a point of emphasis, and I think we addressed that need. ... Don't get caught up in any of the ratings. The last time I looked, we've been to an Orange Bowl and a Sugar bowl with classes that were rated from the middle to the bottom of the Big East."
Scouts Inc. grade: C