Recruiting season never ends and even though we are deep in the throes of a dead spot in the college sports calendar, the Cincinnati Bearcats are still hard at work building the program for the future. One of the numerous position groups that the Bearcats will need to upgrade for the 2018 class is wide receiver. We’ve already taken a look at a number of targets on the recruiting board for Luke Fickell. You can read about them here, here and here. Now its time for the fourth and final chapter. (At least for now).
A three-star wide receiver by 247Sports’ composite ranking, Fields is a prospect from Maryland. In fact, he is considered the No. 27 recruit in the state that does crab cakes and football. At 6’3 and 185 pounds, Fields is a lanky but tall receiver, so with some added bulk, he could be a real problem for opposing secondaries in the red zone. He has only been offered by two schools, (Cincinnati and Pittsburgh) and is the No. 189 wide receiver in the 2018 class, which has garnered him interest from Maryland, Penn State and West Virginia as well. DTD can also confirm that he is not Bradley Cooper.
Even though he isn’t a top 100 recruit in his own state, Williams has still received 18 offers to date. The 6’3 wideout from Alpharetta, Georgia most recently received an offer from Indiana, nearly two months after he got his offer from Cincinnati, making him an official target of the Fickell era. Williams is a deep threat who turned 43 receptions into 979 yards and nine touchdowns as a junior at Johns Creek. He also runs a 4.60 40-yard dash and is fielding offers from a number of UC’s conference mates, including Navy and Tulane.
Another Georgia recruit, Williams is ranked three stars by 247Sports and is just a bit ahead of Zach Williams among prospects from the Peach State. Standing 6’2 and weighing in at 179 pounds, Williams is the No. 151 recruit in Georgia and the No. 257 wide receiver in the 2018 class. Just yesterday he received an offer from Georgia State, which is less than 60 miles from his home town of Hogansville. Williams has also played free safety before, giving him a bit more versatility.
Hooks is one of the rare two-star recruits on UC’s board. Although he is ranked the No. 89 recruit in the state of Ohio, he is just the No. 320 wide receiver in the 2018 class. Even with that, he has received seven offers so far, with UC joined by Akron, Boston College, Eastern Kentucky, Kent State, Miami-Ohio and Toledo. Playing for Warren G. Harding, Hooks is 6’2 and 170 pounds and, like Courtney Williams, plays safety as well.
With four offers, the unranked wideout from Homestead, Florida still has a ways to go in his recruiting process. He is 6’2 and 180 pounds and has four offers. Syracuse, Troy and UCF are the other programs to send him one.
Without the height of the players above him, Reaves (5’11) hails from Perry, Florida and has had an offer from Cincinnati for less than two months. He also has offers from Charleston Southern, Colorado State, Florida A&M, Middle Tennessee, North Carolina Central, Southern Miss, Troy, Tulane and UAB. Although he is not ranked yet by 247Sports, he did have an impressive junior year, with 940 yards and 12 touchdowns on 51 receptions for Taylor County.