The Bearcats don't have much room left in this class, even with a record number of mid year enrollee's. While wide receiver is not the biggest need at the moment, defensive end or linebacker probably gets that particular nod receiver is still a sore spot in this class.
Currently the Bearcats only have two, technically three wide receivers committed in this class, Lakota West's Braxton Neal, Daniel Cobb of Florida and Frank Labady of Miami by way of New Berlin, New York. If the Bearcats can get another guy that they consider the right fit they would do so in a heartbeat. Next years receiving core will be hands down the best and deepest in school history, but 7 of the top 8 on the depth chart will be moving on after next season, and the Bearcats have to start filling the ranks in this class.
*Labady, he of non linear football fame is finally on campus and part of the team 23 months after he first committed to the Bearcats. Though he is clearly part of this class, only the rivals database lists him as a commit.
Kahlil Lewis is the top remaining receiver target for the Bearcats, its to the point now where I would be surprised if the Bearcats added another receiver in this class if it isn't Lewis. Lewis is still nominally a soft commitment to West Virginia*. But he has been open about wanting to explore his options and has visited all three of his finalists in recent months
* Part of a pipeline that started with Geno Smith and Steadman Bailey and now also includes embattled four star receiver Jovon Durante and four star defensive back Tyrek Cole
Where things get interesting for Bearcat fans is when you start looking into the needs of both Louisville and West Virginia. Receiver wasn't a huge need for the Cardinals and accordingly they were probably only going to take three or four max in this class. Mississippi's Jaylen Smith has been committed to the Cardinals since August and was taking one of those spots unless something crazy happened. Paul Harris, a receiver from nascent JUCO power Iowa Western has been on board since September. That left two spots one was taken by Emonee Spence from Hollywood, Florida and the Cardinals are in hot pursuit of Devante Peete. If the Cardinals land Peete, currently the most likely outcome according to the Crystal Ball on 247 Sports, Lewis is down to two options UC and West Virginia.
With WVU it can be hard to gauge how their staff feels about the commitment of anyone, particularly with receivers. They are the most fungible asset in their recruiting, so unlike with Louisville where a recent flurry of activity all but rules out Lewis in Cardinal Red I have no idea what to think about West Virginia. Lewis was one of the first members of the Mountaineers class of 2015 committing way back in January of last year. But he has been considered a soft commitment for months and UC was one of the first places outside of a couple summer camps.
I tend to believe that this is really going to come down to UC and West Virginia. Both have a need, and more importantly a spot for Lewis in this class. The question is where does he land? We will find out on national signing day in one week's time.