Safety/outside linebacker Ty Sponseller is the latest addition to the Bearcats 2016 recruiting class with his verbal commitment today. The Mason, Ohio (Mason) product is the sixth verbal commitment for the Bearcats and the first homegrown product to commit.
I am blessed and excited to announce that I have committed to play football at The University of Cincinnati! pic.twitter.com/SpBPHCZazt
— Ty Sponseller (@TySpon2) June 11, 2015
Sponseller is 6-foot-3 and weighs in at 195 lbs. According to Scout, Sponseller is a two-star recruit. MaxPreps has him at 55 in their state recruiting rankings and 767 nationally. He appears to be off the radar for many of the other recruiting databases, but when you turn on the film, you see a player who could very well rise through the recruiting networks as his senior season takes shape.
Bowling Green, Eastern Michigan and Ohio have offered scholarships to Sponseller thus far, according to Rivals. Air Force, Miami (OH), Minnesota, Purdue, Toledo and Vanderbilt have expressed interest.
On the field, Sponseller is a very intriguing athlete. His size is highly coveted at the safety position when paired with coverage skills and lateral quickness. He plays fast for his size and attacks the line of scrimmage with speed and power. He isn't afraid to create contact and that is something that can't be ignored when assessing defensive backs. He appears to have solid coverage skills, but isn't going to suddenly blossom into a shutdown corner. I like the way he tackles, lowering his target area and driving through the contact, and he seems to be able to do a lot of things well. It will be interesting to see what the Cincinnati coaching staff does with him if they get him on campus for good. His size could translate well into an outside linebacker position if he adds bulk or maybe a coverage/third down linebacker early in his career while he develops. Either way, he could be a valuable tool for the Bearcats defense given his skill set.
His combination of athleticism and size could earn him playing time all over the field. At The Opening Columbus, where another Cincinnati target tested off the charts in the athleticism testing (111.69), Sponseller put up a solid score of his own (110.88) and showed good lateral agility. If Sponseller ultimately signs his letter of intent come next spring, the Bearcats will have a quality athlete who could see the field in a variety of ways.