Just last evening, we reported that 3/4-Star QB Ross Trail’s trail could lead to Clifton. Today, Trail has verbally committed to the University of Cincinnati. We long-suspected that the Bearcats had an edge with Tommy Tuberville’s southern appeal. Good to see that he is indeed #BearcatBound.
Sorry for the terrible pun in the article title; I couldn’t resist. It seems as though quarterbacks always have catchy names (another pun).
Ross Trail is no different. Trail is a 6’2″, 3-star quarterback from Wynne, Arkansas. He has been offered by Ohio State, Louisville, and Memphis, among others.
It was originally reported that Trail wanted to go to Ole’ Miss; however, that has not quite panned out. Now, other recruiting services are “crystal-balling” him to the Bearcats. Tuberville may have the upper hand in wooing Trail to the Bearcats. Tuberville is from Camden, Arkansas – just a hop, skip, and a jump from Trail’s hometown of Wynne. In addition, Tuberville coached Ole’ Miss and may know how to best poison the Mississippi well.
So, does he land with the Bearcats? Time will tell. Meantime, the video below should orient you to Trail:
Local product, Braxton Neal, has verbally committed to the University of Cincinnati today. Neal played wide receiver at Lakota West High School, just north of I275. Bearcat faithful have long said that in order to compete, Tuberville was going to have to recruit well in the greater Cincinnati area. It looks like he is doing just that.
Neal had offers from Akron, Ohio University, Eastern Michigan and Indiana State. Kentucky also expressed interest in Neal.
Neal is joining a quickly growing class of recruits for 2015.
Watch this future Bearcat haul in this touchdown catch…
Today, the Bearcats added Bedford, Ohio DE Marquise Copeland. Copeland was a 3-star recruit according to some recruiting services. For more on his addition to the 2015 class, click this link to hear what his local press has to say about him.
This is another great pick up for D-Line Coach Robert Prunty.
Highlights of this future Bearcat at the link here.
The Bearcats athletic department is close to announcing a 7-year contract extension for head basketball coach, Mick Cronin. He just finished his 8th year as head coach, and led the Bearcats to the NCAA tournament this past season. In the final USA Today postseason rankings, the Bearcats were ranked #22.
Stability at the head coaching position does tend to help recruiting. Let’s hope the Bearcats pull more talented athletes like Lance and SK.
Sources close to the football program have revealed that the University of Cincinnati and Alabama are discussing possible dates for a game. So far, sources are not ruling out the possibility of Alabama traveling up to Cincinnati for the opening of newly-renovated Nippert Stadium in 2015. If this works out, it will be huge for the Bearcats program.
If this happens, I think you have this guy to thank…
It looks like Cincinnati is in the hunt for transfer guard, Jon Octeus. Octeus stands 6’4″ tall, and averaged 13.4 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game at Colorado State last year. He will likely graduate this summer, which frees him up to play immediately this season under NCAA guidelines.
As it pertains to his transfer, Octeus stated: “This was not an easy decision, but upon graduating, I have decided it is in my best interest to explore the opportunity to complete my last year of eligibility at another institution. I appreciate coach (Larry) Eustachy’s understanding throughout this process. Thank you to everyone that has supported me through this chapter of my life.”
Octeus would add an immediate spark to the Bearcats lineup that could use the scoring help in light of Sean Kilpatrick’s graduation. Let’s hope Octeus does the right thing and becomes #BearcatBound.
Why is Tommy Tuberville the head coach of the Cincinnati Bearcats? Why would a boy from Camden, Arkansas move house and home away from the recruiting mecca of Texas to the Midwest? In a word, respect.
He never got his due at his last stop, Texas Tech. At Tech, he inherited a program from Mike Leach, who was universally revered in Lubbock. Leach was a tough act for Tuberville to follow.
Leach liked to throw the ball around the field. The entire game. And didn’t care much for defense. Tuberville, on the other hand, wanted to bring a strong defensive philosophy to accompany that pedal-to-the-metal offensive style. Yet, Tuberville was never fully accepted. Or respected.
He will be respected here if he wins and stays. But he’ll have to do both.
So far, he’s done nothing but upgrade UC’s talent pool through recruiting. He has a very strong coaching (X’s and O’s) resume, having coached under Jimmy Johnson and Dennis Erickson at Miami. He also won way more than he lost as the head coach of Mississippi, Auburn, and Texas Tech. While coaching the Ole’ Miss Rebels, he earned the nickname the “Riverboat Gambler” for his aggressive play calling, particularly on 4th down.
Aside from coaching prowess, if you’ve spent any extended time with him, you know he’s very likeable. Because of that, I imagine it’d be hard to turn him down in your living room, assuming you’re a 3 or 4-star recruit. He’s got a charm and a polish that’s seldom seen in the Midwest. People here dig the accent and well-coiffed hair. That may not have been all that unique in Texas; it’s a revolution in Ohio.
Tuberville will turn 60 years old this fall. He has family roots in this area. Tuberville’s wife, Suzanne, is from southeastern Indiana. If Tuberville can continue to build the football tradition this year, he’ll be poised for one of these soon enough…
In other words, if he spends the remainder of his coaching years building UC into a football juggernaut, they’ll hire the artist. If he gets UC into one of the so-called “power” conferences, they’ll select the stone. If he gets UC into the playoff (or they sneak into the national championship game) in the next couple of years, they’ll start chiseling.
If he stays, the Bearcat faithful will not only respect him; they will immortalize his likeness on the campus. And that’s no exaggeration.
Sometimes, I get bitter. I can’t help it. I live in one of the most underrated cities in the country (Cincinnati), root for one of the most underestimated football programs in the country (Bearcats), yet I’m surrounded by Kentucky and Ohio State fans.
I think this article sums up part of what’s on my mind this afternoon. Ohio State is overrated and Kentucky is plain bad at football.
Moreover, I think the University of Cincinnati got absolutely jobbed by conference realignment. After numerous bowl games, a couple BCS bids, and frequent on-field dominance of newly-selected members of the B1G, ACC, and Big 12, the Bearcats were left in the awful spot of looking for a seat when the musical chairs of realignment stopped.
Second, I think the supposed power from the “power conferences” is entirely overstated. The Bearcats have beat the world out of some of those “power” conference teams. I think the country might see that same thing as UC plays at Ohio State and at Miami this year. That brings me to a question that has me perplexed…
Why doesn’t UC play Kentucky in football? Kentucky plays in ESPN’s favorite conference. They’re just a short trip up or down I75 from each other. Kentucky is supposed to be on an upward trajectory because of their new coach. Why not schedule a home-and-home between the programs? What stands in the way, BBN?
The city of…well…what is Toledo famous for? I’m seriously asking.
I can state with confidence that Toledo is nothing like Detroit. So, there’s that. Toledo is known as the Glass City due to their innovation surrounding glass products. Many notable celebrities come from Toledo. The full list is here. I think I recognized six. I’d be stunned if you can beat that.
That’s not to say Toledo doesn’t have it’s uses. It’s very helpful as a reference point in giving directions to Sandusky, the town that Chris Farley tries to save in this timeless classic. Sandusky is also the home of Cedar Point, a great amusement park. You should go. See? I’m already off topic about Toledo and on to something else.
If you look at the Bearcats’ schedule, you’ll find a school at the top with the abbreviation “UT.” However, instead of relentless ballads of “Rocky Top” and “Go Vols” blaring from every direction, this UT is the University of the Glass City– home of the Rockets, and a potential thorn in the side of the Bearcats.
On Friday September 12th, the Rockets get to travel to the Queen City to face the Bearcats in their home-opener. And our city is loaded with real celebrities. Like George Clooney! And this guy (a rabid Bearcats fan). I digress.
Toledo went 7-5 last year, and none of the five losses could be considered a “bad” loss. The five losses (Florida, Missouri, Ball State, Northern Illinois, and Akron) include the best competition in the MAC (their conference) and two powerhouse non-conference teams. In fact, Toledo has been a very competitive team over the past two seasons (including 2012).
This fall, the Bearcats get their chance to make a strong statement in their first game against an inexperienced (at least in the skill positions) Toledo squad. The Rockets lost their top rusher, receiver and QB to graduation last year. The Bearcats will be the third matchup of the season for the Rockets, but the first road test as they travel to Paul Brown on September 12. If a true leader doesn’t emerge under center for the Rockets, there should be no question as to the outcome of the game.
But, please don’t think the game is worthless. It’s not. Cincinnati is not only trying to win games, but to win the hearts and minds of recruits throughout Ohio. Toledo, for better or worse, is in Ohio. The Bearcats might as well make a statement the first game of the season.
As an aside, I read this editorial from the Toledo Free Press and I wasn’t sure whether to laugh or cry. Go Bearcats. Go Cincinnati.
Guest Contributor: B. Shelley