One day after adding '15 JUCO LB Jaylyin Minor to the 2015 recruiting class, the Bearcats have added two more today. According to Tom Groeschen of the Cincinnati Enquirer, '15 JUCO LB Antonio Kinard and '15 DE Bryan Wright have also gave their pledge to UC.
New #UC fb commits: LB Jaylyin Minor, Tyler JC, Tex; LB Antonio Kinard, Ariz. Western CC; DE Bryan Wright, Jireh Prep, NC. #Bearcats— Tom Groeschen (@TomGroeschen) December 14, 2014
The journey for Kinard was an eventful and interesting one. Originally, the 6'3, 220-pounder committed to Michigan as a senior at Liberty High School (OH) but never qualified. Kinard then spent one year at Hargrave Military Academy (VA) and was on schedule to play with the Miami Hurricanes but again, didn't qualify.
Now, the three-star prospect is at Arizona Western Community College and ready to get his first crack at division one football. According to 247Sports, Kinard chose Cincinnati over offers from California, Louisville and Utah. He grades out as the 6th in the state of Arizona, 6th at the outside linebacker and 107th overall in the JUCO rankings. You can check out Kinard in action at Arizona Western here.
The other addition for the Bearcats was Bryan Wright, a 6'4, 235-pound pass rusher, from Jireh Prep (NC). The Delaware native will make his way to Clifton in a few weeks to get things going at UC.
I will be taking my talents to The University of Cincinnati In January ‼️ pic.twitter.com/oIe2VMuXA4— GrindHardShineHard‼️ (@Bryan_wright11) December 14, 2014
I briefly spoke to Wright who told me that Cincinnati being the best fit for him was an important factor in his commitment to the Bearcats. As for who else offered the Jireh Prep prospect, he told me that UC was his first and only offer. Wright also tweeted that he will be wearing No. 95, which is currently being worn by Terrell Hartsfield. The tape of Wright can be seen here.