You must keep your head on a swivel during recruiting season, which is beginning to be the entire year. Today the Cincinnati Bearcats picked up two more commitments for the 2018 class, as Yanez Rogers and Darnell Shields both made their plans official and announced via Twitter, while Jeremy Cooper also committed.
FL ✈️ CinCity pic.twitter.com/j7cMZqEsT0— YRJ1️⃣® (@BlessedxYRJ) June 27, 2017
Rogers’ decision to attend Cincinnati took just under a month, as he was offered by the Bearcats on June 1. As you can see from his tweet above, the 6’2, 179-pound athlete from Pompano Beach, Florida picked UC over Central Michigan, Southern Miss, Temple, UCF and USF. Stealing a prospect out of the Bulls’ and Knights’ back yard is an especially nice bit of recruiting work by the UC staff. Rogers can play a number of positions, including quarterback, wide receiver and safety. That versatility will serve him well at the next level.
#NewEra— Darnell Shields (@darnell_shields) June 27, 2017
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Shields is a two-star recruit from Lakewood, Ohio, outside of Cleveland. He is a 6’0, 180-pound safety and the No. 76 recruit out of the Buckeye State. He released his stop eight choices one week ago. UC won out over Toledo, Temple, Rutgers, Colorado State, Western Michigan, Miami (Ohio) and Western Kentucky.
Cooper is a 6’3, 295-pound offensive guard from Mount Carmel, Illinois who just recently made an unofficial visit to UC. He also had offers from Indiana State, Northern Illinois, Ohio, Yale and Colorado.
Rogers, Shields and Cooper join a 2018 recruiting class that is currently ranked No. 48 nationally and No. 2 in the American Athletic Conference by 247Sports. The class features four-star defensive end Malik Vann as well as tight end Josh Whyle, corner back Arquon Bush, defensive end Black Bacevich, linebacker Ty Van Fossen, corner back Taj Ward, wide receiver Ja’von Hicks, wide receiver Jayshon Jackson and offensive tackle Colin Woodside.