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Matthew Draper Is A Bearcat

Tommy Tuberville swung back up to Cleveland to get the latest Bearcat, linebacker Matthew Draper from Brush High School in Lyndhurst, Ohio.

Draper played for three seasons for the Glenville Tarblooders before moving to the South Euclid Lyndhurst City School District. That meant a change of high schools to Brush for whom he will play his senior season. There is a lot to like about Draper as a linebacker. He has great instincts for the position. He has good quick feet which allows him to keep his feet when dealing with the trash along the line of scrimmage and spot and attack holes just like a running back does. He is aggressive but not so aggressive that he overruns plays and gets himself out of position.

That doesn't mean that he doesn't have spots that he can work on. He obviously needs to get bigger before he gets here, his hand placement is inconsistent which means that he doesn't always get off blocks as quickly as he should. But what he needs development with is technique, and that will come.  He is a smart kid* with two brothers (Shane Bell and Shawn Draper) who are playing FBS football so he knows the work involved.

*Before transferring he was number 1 in his class

This is a another really good get for Tommy Tuberville and his staff. It's also the second Cleveland guy that was considered a Kentucky lean that will wind up being a Bearcat.

Welcome to Bearcat Nation Matthew!