Welcome to this week's installment of "Weekly Whispers," our weekly series in which we keep Bearcat Nation updated on the latest recruiting news for the Cincinnati Bearcats. Lets see what happened this week on the recruiting trail.
Three offered by UC
Last Thursday, UC began their pursuit of '17 DE Jamal Hines -- an in-state prospect from Princeton (OH) when they sent him an offer. Hines, a 6'6, 225-pouder, told me that was "excited and very blessed" to secure his first offer. "I imagined this from little league football, all the way up til now, and realize that all of the hard work has paid off," Hines said. Admittedly, the Bearcats recruiting success locally seemed to be a concern previously, but things have turned for the better as of late. We'll see if Hines is one that Cincinnati can keep home.
Last night, '18 WR Jermaine Eskridge, who is currently committed to Mark Stoops and the Kentucky Wildcats, picked up an offer from Cincy. The Bearcats joined numerous programs to offer the Jefferson (FL) standout like Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Miami (FL), Michigan, Ohio State, USC, and many more. Undoubtedly these schools will continue to be in the ears of the current five-star pass-catcher and it will be a difficult task for the Wildcats to keep him around.
Switching gears to the hardwood, '18 G Noah Locke from McDonogh (MD) was also on the receiving end of an offer from the Cats and Head Coach Mick Cronin this past week. "I was excited because I always thought of Cincinnati as a great school and my coach was telling me about how much they liked me. I just thought it was great to receive an offer from (Cincinnati)," Locke told Down The Drive. Shortly after the offer from the red and black, USC joined the mix by extending one to the 6'2, 165-pounder.
Ahmed visits Bearcats
This past weekend, UC hosted '16 JUCO SG/SF Bashir Ahmed, who currently attends Hutchinson Community College in Kansas, according to CBSSports' Jon Rothstein. As one can see, Cincinnati is hoping to add another piece to the 2016 class to join Jarron Cumberland and Nysier Brooks and if they could find a way for that to be this 6'7, 215-pound scorer, that would certainly be great news. For now, it is believed Ahmed may very well wind up at St. John's, which he will officially visit this coming weekend. The hope for the Bearcats is that they did enough during Ahmed's visit to hold off a pledge to any other school.