Bearcats Announce 24 Commitments for Class of 2008

Feb. 6, 2008

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CINCINNATI -- The University of Cincinnati Head Coach Brian Kelly introduced 24 names for the recruiting class of 2008 on the initial day of the NCAA's football signing period on Wednesday, February 6.

"We believe that we addressed both the offensive and defensive skill position needs of our program immediately and in the future," stated Kelly. "There are some kids in those position group that can impact our program now and in the future."

The Bearcats' recruiting class stays close to home with six players from Greater Cincinnati area. Evan Davis (Colerain), Ike Iloegbu (Harmony), Danny Milligan (St. Xavier), Brandon Mills (Colerain), J.K. Schaffer (La Salle), and Nick Truesdell (Anderson) all decided to continue playing football at UC.

"This group of six young men speaks to our commitment to recruiting BCS players from the Cincinnati area," Kelly commented. "When we add the rest of the class, we have 10 players coming to the program from the state of Ohio."

"The results of this group is based in hosting more than 600 kids at camps over the summer. Our staff did a great job of evaluation through this period. We carried that into the season, with three sellouts and that is great for recruits to see on visits."

Not based on recruiting to national ratings, Kelly charged his staff with recruiting the best players for the program.

"Six of the players have a state championship ring. It defines the profile we are looking for ... a winner ... strong commitment ... and character."

The Bearcats return 16 starters in 2008 from a squad that finished 10-3 and won the Bowl, including all-Americans Mike Mickens, Terrill Byrd, and Kevin Huber. In 2007, UC led the nation with 42 takeaways and 26 interceptions. Cincinnati ranked 13th in scoring defense (18.8 ppg) and 16th in scoring offense (36.3 ppg).

 Name                                   Pos.        Ht.          Wt.        Hometown /High School (Previous School)
Dominique Battle             DB          6-0          175         Boca Raton, FL / American Heritage
Camerron Cheatham       DB          5-8          165         Kalamazoo, MI / Central
Evan Davis                            OL          6-4          250         Cincinnati, OH / Colerain
Dan Giordano                      DL          6-4          240         Frankfort, IL / Lincoln-Way East
Sean Hooey                         OL          6-8          260         Litchfield, MI / Hillsdale
Bruce Horner                      DB          6-1          175         Farmington Hills, MI / Harrison
Ike Iloegbu                          DB          6-1          185         Cincinnati, OH / Harmony
Brendon Kay                       QB          6-4          220         Ira, MI / Marine City
Travis Kelce                         QB         6-5          235         Cleveland Heights, OH / Cleveland Heights
Pat Lambert                        DB          6-1          190         St. Cloud, FL / Osceola
Danny Milligan                  WR         5-9          170         Cincinnati, OH / St. Xavier
Brandon Mills                     DL          5-11        255         Cincinnati, OH / Colerain
Mark Nelson                       LB           6-2          225         Westerville, OH / Big Walnut
Lynell Payne                       WR         6-3          205         Marlton, NJ / Cherokee
Isaiah Pead                         RB           5-11        185         Columbus, OH / Eastmoor Academy
Quincy Quetant                DB          6-0          190         Orlando, FL / Timber Creek
Jared Rains                          DB          5-10       180         Aliquippa, PA / Hopewell
J.K. Schaffer                        LB           6-1          210         Cincinnati, OH / La Salle
Walter Stewart                  DL           6-5          220         Ashville, OH / Teays Valley
Nick Truesdell                   WR         6-7          215         Cincinnati, OH / Anderson
Darrin Williams                 RB           5-7          175         Detroit, MI / Martin Luther King
George Winn                      RB          5-10       175         Southfield, MI / U. of Detroit Jesuit
Derek Wolfe                       DL           6-5          270         Lisbon, OH / Beaver Local
D.J. Woods                          WR         6-0          170         Strongsville, OH / Strongsville