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Bearcats Add Veteran TE from Transfer Portal

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Noah Davis announced his decision to commit to Cincinnati to finish his college career.

NCAA Football: Michigan State at Northwestern Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports

We haven’t heard much news related to Cincinnati football and transfer portal as of late. Outside of a few players near the bottom of the depth chart at their respective positions (Tavion Thomas, Yanez Rodgers), no one has left UC.

On Wednesday, they made their first addition via the portal, adding Noah Davis, a tight end, who previously played for Michigan State.

Davis is another example of Luke Fickell and this coaching staff prioritizing the “state of Cincinnati”. Davis played his high school football at St. Xavier and committed to Michigan State as part of the Spartans’ 2016 recruiting class.

Coming out of St X, he was the 599th ranked player nationally (according to 247Sports) and ranked 23 among Ohio players and 29 among all tight ends.

Davis helps fill an obvious void, with the graduation of star Josiah Deguara. Deguara was among the Bearcats’ leading receivers each of the last two seasons and caught 12 total touchdowns the last two years combined.

The current Cincinnati tight end room includes Bruno Labelle, Leonard Taylor, Josh Whyle, Jack Campbell, and tentatively Wilson Huber (who may be moving to linebacker for 2020). A lot of potential in that room, but not a lot of production, to date.

Davis redshirted in 2016 and missed 2018 with an injury. In 2017, he played 11 games and played the second most snaps among Michigan State TEs. He announced earlier in 2019, his decision to enter the transfer portal.