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Taking a Look Back: Cincinnati's 2016 Recruiting Class Superlatives

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Looking back now about two weeks after National Signing Day, what were some of the biggest parts of this recruiting class?

Let's take a look at who wins this years recruiting superlatives:

The Sleeper: Davin Pierce

The Skinny: I wouldn't sleep on this kid if i were you. With some College experience already combined with a long athletic frame, don't be surprised to see him on the field early on in the season.

Freak Athlete: Tyquan Statham

The Skinny: Out of Oakwood, GA, Statham offers another impressive frame to whatever defensive unit he joins as a Bearcat. While listed on the Cincinnati roster as an outside linebacker, he is able to move around as a coverage player and the athleticism to play running back and wide receiver in high school. His 4.5 second 40-yard dash time also allows him to be a valuable return man.

Best Position filled: Michael Pitts

The Skinny: One of three defensive ends taken in this class, I find Pitts provides the ability to bolster the end position and provide good contain skills. Although he doesn't possess top notch pass rushing ability, he should be able to compete for snaps this year in 1st and 2nd down situations.

Highest potential draft pick: Zach Bycznski

The Skinny: Having seen Zach play his senior season in Berea, OH, I can attest to his nastiness and incredible balance. A good off-season in the weight room can do wonders. Bycznski may redshirt this year, but that does not take away from his talent and determination to get after a defensive tackle or make his way to the second level. if he can keep developing and stay in the weight room, he has unlimited potential.

The Biggest Need Still: Quarterback

The Skinny: When Gunner Kiel is gone, where will the Bearcats turn? Jake Sopko, the lone quarterback in this class, has good size, but not the strongest arm in the quarterback room. I remain confident he can be successful in the Cincinnati offense, but with so much talent in the Buckeye State, UC needs to recruit the position better. Whether it's from the JUCO level or elsewhere, it is imperative that they do so.


The Skinny: Is there any real surprise here? Tuberville has had his hand in almost all the top recruits from this class along with how the coaching staff recruits nationally. Coach Tuberville takes the crown here.

This class has a whole lot of potential and it really hinges on development and the teaching ability of the coaches. Time will tell with this group but I believe the future is bright.

You can see the current Cincinnati Bearcats roster here.