Just a week ago, Eddie Gran, Cincinnati's former offensive coordinator, took the same position (plus the title of "assistant head coach") at the University of Kentucky. While Gran's departure promoted a mixed reaction amongst fans, it didn't feel like too much for Cincinnati to overcome, even considering the numbers the Bearcats offense put up with Gran at the helm. The elephant in the room was what his departure meant for recruiting; a question answered yesterday with the decommitment of three-star wide receiver Andrew Parchment (Cypress Bay) from the Bearcats, citing Gran's move as the motivating factor.
The 6-foot-3, 180-pound Parchment joins a growing list of recruits who have decommitted from Cincinnati's 2016 class. Jeremy Larkin, Romelo Webster, Dontye Carriere-Williams and Liam O'Sullivan all decommitted just weeks ago. The difference between those players and Parchment though, is that Parchment's decision is due directly to Gran's departure.
Gran was so good at recruiting skill players offensively for the Bearcats, particularly at receiver. Gran led Parchment's recruitment, with the receiver verbally committing to the Bearcats back in May. Since then, Parchment has continued to look eslewhere and has received offers from Tulane, NC State and USF, although Gran was clearly the key link.
The loss of Parchment hurts Cincinnati's 2016 recruiting class with Parchment being a big-body, capable of getting downfield with deceptive speed. The bigger concern for Cincinnati though, is that the Bearcats still haven't replaced Gran and former quarterbacks coach Darin Hinshaw, who followed Gran to Kentucky.
Replacing a coach takes some time and at last report, Tommy Tuberville was planning to bring in candidates soon. Regardless, this decommitment is concerning. Gran's impact on recruiting was apparent, but with other recruits like Florida wide receiver Tyrin Summers recruited primarily by Gran, Cincinnati needs to find Gran's replacement, sooner rather than later.