With the conclusion of the 2012 NFL Draft, the University of Cincinnati can celebrate success with players picked in rounds 2,3 and 4 and others heading to league as free agents. They have now become a school that NFL teams target thanks to those who have gone before this class like Trent Cole, Brent Celek and Connor Barwin to name a few. And now with this latest class of players getting the call, you need only listen to Coach Butch Jones and buy in. Your dream can be found inside his vision to make UC a football school that wins, gets players drafted and teaches them to be community minded individuals. Potential recruits who have their eyes on the NFL prize can clearly see that UC produces the desired results and what a great calling card for Coach Jones and his staff. No longer do they have to hear the argument that if you want to stay home and play ball at the next level Columbus is the only option in the state.
Weekly the past few football seasons I have seen a representative from almost every NFL team present scouting players from UC and yes visiting teams too. But the consistency of scouts in attendance serves notice to players and their families that UC can get you a quality education and a chance to fulfill your dream. But the buy in is the key; you have to give to get. Butch Jones has quickly learned the landscape of Cincinnati and its unique personality but he has also shown the campus and the city that he has something to contribute that is uniquely Butch and I see it working daily and so will the players if they stay the course.
It is a great day to be a Bearcat fan but an ever greater day to be a Bearcat football player. Seeing hard work and dedication yield rewards in the form of dreams come true, will surely make some players who were giving 90% give 100 and those giving 100% give 110. Why? The bar has been raised and the only room at the top is reserved for those who want it bad enough to replicate what Isaiah Pead, Derek Wolfe, John Hughes and Adrien Robinson did this year. There's even a little more room at the top for someone to be a first round pick in next years draft. I may have been laughed at for saying that some years back; I think now we all know it's possible and in due time probable.
That's the way I see it, sitting in The Box Seat.