Lakota West duo chooses Cincinnati; Two of state’s top juniors stay home

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Lakota West Firebirds

West Chester Lakota West juniors – tight end Alex Smith and offensive
lineman Kevin Schloemer – orally committed to play football at the
University of Cincinnati on Saturday. Combined the duo also had offers from Michigan, Tennessee, West Virginia, Purdue, Illinois, Indiana and North Carolina State among others.


West Chester Lakota West juniors – tight end Alex Smith and offensive lineman Kevin Schloemer – orally committed to play football at the University of Cincinnati on Saturday.

Smith, who is 6-feet-5 and 230 pounds, had offers that included Michigan, Tennessee, West Virginia, Purdue, Indiana and Illinois among several others.

Smith had 27 receptions for 375 yards and four touchdowns in nine games for the Firebirds last season. His mobility as a tight end should be a significant asset to the Bearcats’ offense.

Schloemer, who is 6-7 and 275 pounds, had his stock rise rapidly within the past month. His offers included Illinois, Purdue, Indiana and North Carolina State.

“It’s great that these young men chose to stay in their hometown with the offers they had,” Lakota West coach Larry Cox said.

Smith and Schloemer are the second and third Cincinnati-area players to orally commit to the Bearcats from the 2010 class. Northwest junior LB Preston Brown has also committed.

Cox said there was no doubt Smith and Schloemer wanted to play college football for UC.

“I played devil’s advocate and really tested their commitment but they are firm in their resolve to be a Bearcat and we couldn’t be more proud of them and happy for the University of Cincinnati,” Cox said.

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