Football Announces 28-Member Signing Class

Feb. 5, 2014

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CINCINNATI - The University of Cincinnati football added 28 student-athletes to its roster, including four who enrolled in January 2014 and will participate in spring football, head coach Tommy Tuberville announced Wednesday, the beginning of the NCAA initial signing period for football.

QB Jarred Evans (Queens, N.Y./West High/Santa Barbara CC), QB Hayden Moore (Clay, Ala./Clay-Chalkville), CB Linden Stephens (Euclid, Ohio/Euclid/Fork Union Military) and LB Marcus Tappan (Pasadena, Calif./La Salle/Glendale College) made up the early enrollees. Moore and Stephens have freshman eligibility while Evans enters with junior eligibility and two seasons to play and Tappan has sophomore eligibility and three seasons left.

“It’s a solid class that will help us,” Tuberville said. “There are some very skilled guys with athletic ability who we believe will grow and develop into pretty good football players. We were able to identify our needs and go after them. We recruit as much speed and quickness as possible. It always starts with speed, whether a lineman or skill player. That is my philosophy.”

The class was heavy on linemen with 10 signing, seven on the defensive side and three on the offensive side. The signees also included four cornerbacks, two linebackers, two safeties, two quarterbacks and one running back. The Bearcats also added four preferred walk-ons to the roster.

UC added players from 11 states with nine hailing from Ohio, including local product Tyrell Gilbert (Cincinnati, Ohio/Princeton), one of the top-rated recruits in Ohio.

“We made some progress this year in the Queen City and the state of Ohio,” Tuberville said. “We went to Cleveland, Toledo and Columbus and signed players. Every coach has an area in the state and we will continue to make progress in Ohio.”

The Bearcats are scheduled to begin spring ball on February 28, 2014 with the 15-practice session closing out in early April. More spring football details will be announced in the coming weeks on

Fans interested in purchasing 2014 football season tickets can visit or call 1-877-CATS-TIX to make deposits. Please note this is for new season ticket accounts only. Existing season ticket renewals for 2013 customers will go out at the end of February.

Name Pos HT WT Cl. El. Hometown/School Coach
Jarred Evans * QB 6-2 190 Jr. JC Queens, N.Y./West High/Santa Barbara CC Craig Moropoulos
Hayden Moore * QB 6-3 193 Fr. HS Clay, Ala./Clay-Chalkville Jerry Hood
Linden Stephens * CB 6-0 185 Fr. HS Euclid, Ohio/Euclid/Fork Union Military John Shuman
Marcus Tappan * LB 6-2 235 So. JC Pasadena, Calif./La Salle/Glendale College John Rome
Name Pos HT WT Cl. El. Hometown/School Coach
Hakeem Allonce DT 6-5 290 Jr. JC Greenbelt, Md./Eleanor Roosevelt/Pierce College (LA) Efrain Martinez
Mike Boone RB 5-10 205 Fr. HS Glen Saint Mary, Fla./Baker County Ryan Sulkowski
Ja’Merez Bowen DT 6-4 270 Fr. HS Shaker Hts., Ohio/Shaker Heights Jarvis Gibson
Landon Brazile DE 6-6 230 Fr. HS Dayton, Ohio/Thurgood Marshall Earl White
Cortez Broughton DT 6-3 280 Fr. HS Warner Robins, Ga./Veterans David Bruce
Luke Callahan OL 6-5 278 Fr. HS Powell, Ohio/Olentangy Liberty Steve Hale
Chris Ferguson DT 6-4 275 Fr. HS Orlando, Fla./Lake Nona Anthony Paradiso
Kimoni Fitz DE 6-4 230 Fr. HS Ringgold, Va./Dan River Ferrell Edmunds
Tyrell Gilbert S 6-1 200 Fr. HS Cincinnati, Ohio/Princeton Gary Croley Jr
Casey Gladney WR 6-2 185 Jr. JC Columbia, S.C./Columbia/Copiah Lincoln CC Glenn Davis
Carter Jacobs S 6-1 193 Fr. HS Fort Lauderdale, Fla./American Heritage Mike Rumph
John Kurtz OL 6-5 258 Fr. HS Louisville, Ky./St. Xavier Will Wolford
Frank Labady WR 5-7 170 Fr. HS Hialeah, Fla./Champagnat Catholic Mike Tunsil
Keith Minor DT 6-5 250 Fr. HS Tyler, Texas/Chapel Hill Thomas Sitton
Kevin Mouhon LB 6-2 225 Fr. HS Norcross, Ga./Norcross Keith Maloof
JJ Pinckney  CB 6-3 185 Fr. HS Sylvania, Ohio/Southview Jim Mayzes
Odell Spencer CB 6-0 170 Fr. HS Shaker Hts., Ohio/Shaker Heights Jarvis Gibson
Ryan Stout OL 6-5 265 Fr. HS Sylvania, Ohio/Southview Jim Mayzes
Alex Thomas CB 6-1 185 Fr. HS Hollywood, Fla./Chaminade Madonna Marcelo Rodriguez
Davon Witherspoon ATH 6-3 200 Fr. HS Miami, Fla./McArthur Andrew Rhoden
Name Pos HT WT Cl. El. Hometown/School Coach
Jeff Duncan OL 6-6 270 Fr. HS Kettering, Ohio/Fairmont Andy Aracri
Tyler Hill LS 6-3 240 Fr. HS Buffalo, N.Y./St. Joseph Collegiate Dennis Gilbert
Isaac Little LB 6-3 205 Fr. HS Bluffton, Ohio/Bluffton Dennis Lee
Luke Wright QB 6-4 210 Fr. HS Atlanta, Ga./Holy Innocents’ Episcopal Ryan Livezey

*-Enrolled at UC in January 2013 and will participate in spring football.