(This is something I posted on the Press Preps blog of www.cincinnati.com. My job at The Community Press/Enquirer Media is to cover high school sports. Many local prep stars have made it to UC and other schools, so sometimes we check in on those in the college ranks.)
Since joining then-coach Brian Kelly's UC staff in late 2006 from Colerain High School, Kerry Coombs has concentrated on scouring the I-275 belt and points in between to find the best Tri-State football players.
Convince the many talented athletes to stay in town and become Bearcats.
Coming up on his fifth season, Coombs is still doing it, spurning an offer from Kelly to jump to Notre Dame. The architect of the powerhouse Colerain Cardinals is now the associate head coach under Butch Jones at UC, along with being special teams coordinator and defensive backs coach.
A peak at the current UC roster features a number of locals. Listed as they appear alphabetically are: junior LB Maalik Bomar from Winton Woods, senior OL Austen Bujnoch from Elder, sophomore DB Arryn Chenault from Fairfield, freshman QB Patrick Coyne from Badin, senior OL Evan Davis from Colerain, senior LS Tom DeTemple from Moeller, junior DB Drew Frey from Clinton-Massie, sophomore WR Jacob Giltrow from Lakota West, senior DB Reuben Haley from Mount Healthy, freshman LB Kevin Hyland from Elder, freshman OL Cory Keebler from Lakota East, junior LB Colin Lozier from Colerain, freshman LB Innocent Macha from Roger Bacon, sophomore OL Dominic Mainello from Beechwood, junior DB Breon Mapp from Anderson, freshman LB Corey Mason from Elder, sophomore OL Sean McClellan from Moeller, freshman K Tony Miliano from Elder, junior WR Danny Milligan from St. Xavier, junior DL Brandon Mills from Colerain, freshman DL Brandon Mitchell from Withrow, freshman OL Justin Murray from Sycamore, senior K Shane Popham from Covington Catholic, senior LB J.K. Schaffer from La Salle, freshman OL Kevin Schloemer from Lakota West, freshman TE Matt Staubach from McNicholas, freshman LB Solomon Tentman from Roger Bacon and junior DB Chris Williams from Winton Woods.
What if UC could get every prime prep player to stay home?
"We'd never leave," Coombs said.
(The full video of coach Coombs' interview is below)