The Cincinnati recruiting news continues on. Following an eventful weekend with three-star running back Jeremy Larkin decommitting from the Bearcats in favor of Northwestern, two-star defensive back Romelo Webster flipping his commitment from Cincinnati to Iowa State and the talented three-star wide receiver Tyrin Summers committing to Cincinnati, the Bearcats have added a 17th player to their Class of 2016.
The player in question is two-star safety Perry Young out of Birmingham, Ala. (Spain Park) who announced on Twitter today that he has committed to play for the Bearcats.
Young is a 5-foot-10, 192-pound player who was previously committed to Arkansas State before flipping his commitment in favor of Cincinnati. He grades out as a two-star player with a Composite grade of 78, according to 247Sports. Rivals has him graded as a 5.3 based on this rating scale.
The former commitment for the Red Wolves also has offers from Georgia Southern, Jackson State and Southern Miss. According to Rivals, Auburn, Georgia Tech, Minnesota, Mississippi State and TCU have been sniffing around as well. Jeff Koonz led the recruiting effort for the Bearcats.
The first thing you notice when watching the highlight tape below is that Young is ruthless and has an incredible motor. He flies to the ball and is a smart player who plays with great tenacity. He has the size of a smaller safety, but played a lot of linebacker in high school. It is actually very entertaining to watch Young rush the passer and shoot gaps in the run game. Size is a concern moving forward, but this is a really good football player who figures to play a "Leviticus Payne" sort of role as a multi-purpose tool on defense.