Sporting News Ranks Football's Recrutiing Class No. 1 In BIG EAST
Head Coach Butch Jones

Feb. 7, 2012

Sporting News Conference Rankings | Signing Day Central

CINCINNATI - The recent 2012 University of Cincinnati football signing class has been ranked atop the BIG EAST Conference by the Sporting News.

Head coach Butch Jones was featured along with Texas coach Mack Brown and Michigan coach Brady Hoke on the headline for the piece.

UC announced a 30 member class on Wednesday, Feb. 1, the beginning of the NCAA initial signing period for football.

The national magazine ranks the Bearcats class atop the BIG EAST Conference,

The signing class features 16 defensive players set to join UC. Defensive back (8), and linebacker (5) lead the way along with three defensive linemen. Of the 14 offensive players, four are running backs, four offensive linemen, three wide receivers, a pair of quarterbacks and a tight end.

UC added recruits from nine different states, including 11 student-athletes from the State of Ohio, 10 from within the Tri-State area and five products of Indianapolis. The Bearcats added commitments from California (1), Florida (6), Illinois (1), Michigan (1), Pennsylvania (1) and Tennessee (2).

Nine student-athletes, Kevin Brown (Indianapolis, Ind./Lawrence Central), Deionte Buckley (Indianapolis, Ind./Warren Central), Jonathan Burt (Indianapolis, Ind./Warren Central), Errol Clarke (Miami, Fla,/Central), Bennie Coney (Plant City, Fla./Plant City), DeShawn Dowdy (Akron, Ohio/North), Marcus Foster (Troy, Ohio/Troy), Trenton Norvell (Daytona Beach, Fla./Seabreeze) and Josh Posley (Indianapolis, Ind./Warren Central), enrolled at UC in January and are participating in the Bearcats’ off-season workout program in preparation for spring football.

The Bearcats, 2011 BIG EAST and AutoZone Liberty Bowl Champions, begin spring football on March 1.