Feb. 7, 2007
Signing day 2007
Football coach Brian Kelly
"Today culminates two months of hard work in the recruiting process. It also continues the momentum that has been built here over the past two months in Bearcat football. Obviously it has been a very busy two months putting together a staff, winning two bowl games, in particular winning the International Bowl here at the University of Cincinnati, and then getting on the road and signing 22 recruits here to UC.
"The process, as you know, is cannot be fit into two months, it is really a year round process and we jumped into what I consider the fifth stage of recruiting. That being after Dec. 1st you get the opportunity to get on the road. All the other steps in the process -- which begin today in identifying our junior prospects, getting the opportunity in May to come see them, obviously spring ball, the opportunity this summer with camps, to go to games next year -- obviously all of those were not available in this class, so it required our staff to do a tremendous job of really going out and following the charts that I gave them. That was to recruit character, academics and those players that will develop into great players here at the University of Cincinnati.
"It takes more than just our assistant coaches, who did a tremendous job, were away from their families, balancing living in hotels while they still moved their families down here, to get out and still stay focus and recruit for the University of Cincinnati.
"My recruiting coordinator, Mike Elston, I want to thank him for all of his work and I want to congratulate him for helping put this class together. John Widecan, director of football operations, who assisted in a large degree in day-to-day operations and in getting the kids to get here to Cincinnati and of course there are so many other pieces. I see Brian Mand, our associate athletic director in charge of academic services. How important it is to have his staff in on all of our weekends, week in and week out. It is important, we are selling academics here. It is not just about athletics. Our faculty, who would take the weekends to come out on a Saturday on a week that we don't need to be here. That says a lot about the commitment that the University of Cincinnati has in making sure that the recruits get that opportunity to see all facets of what it is to be like to be at the University of Cincinnati.
"So all those pieces come together and you will see in this class not only the character, not only the academics, but clearly you see the shift in where we are going with our student athletes. A lot of these athletes are guys that can play a number of different positions, that are going to be developed physically over a period of time and then WE will be able to place them in our biggest needed areas.
"I couldn't say standing here before you that we were able to address all of our needs; that is impossible in such a short period of time. But what we did do was bring in young men that will develop and be part of our future.
"Once again it is exciting over these last two months to be able to have 22 recruits that will work toward the future. Let's keep in mind, our success next year by in large will be because of the kids here on this campus right now. Most of these guys will be redshirted, some may compete for starting spots, some may compete for the travel roster, but by in large most of the success of our football team will be here on campus right now. These are guys that are obviously are going to develop for us and be part of the championships that we are going to win here in the BIG EAST at the University of Cincinnati."