Feb. 4, 2009
Signing Day Live 2009 | Complete Release
CINCINNATI - University of Cincinnati head football coach Brian Kelly announced 27 members of the 2009 recruiting class on Feb. 4, the beginning of the NCAA initial signing period for football.
"It's a Bowl Championship Series class," Kelly said. "We know the talent level is very good and I think it's got great balance overall academically and athletically. These kids all fit the model we are looking for in terms of a student-athlete and someone who can be successful on the field and in the classroom."
Over half the class hails from Ohio with 17 coming from within a 100-mile radius of UC's campus. Nine student-athletes, Maalik Bomar (Winton Woods), Austen Bujnoch (Elder), Everett Horne (North College Hill), Jamar Howard (Withrow), Josh Jones (Elder), Colin Lozier (Colerain), Tristin Marvin (Winton Woods), Sean McClellan (Moeller), and Chris Williams (Winton Woods), are natives of the Cincinnati area.
Howard was one of the top juco wide receivers in the country last season. In eight games, he caught 26 passes for 473 yards and six touchdowns, an 18.2 yards per catch average. Bujnoch is the younger brother of Digger Bujnoch, a standout offensive lineman for UC from 2004-07. Lozier was added as a preferred walk-on.
"We're committed to recruiting BCS players from the Cincinnati area," Kelly said. "With Cincinnati as our base, we've got a great recruiting area in a 100-mile radius from campus."
Kelly and his staff focused on players that fit the program and didn't focus heavily on recruiting rankings.
"We look at our class and we look for a fit into our program. We're very pleased with the kids we've signed. There are some developmental guys but they will develop into good players in time. It's what fits for UC."