Cincinnati continues its offseason onslaught of in-state football recruiting

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University of Cincinnati

The University of Cincinnati picked up a second oral commitment this
week from the 2010 class when St. Bernard Roger Bacon junior linebacker
Solomon Tentman gave his pledge to the Bearcats today. What might be more significant is the number of early commitments from local players the Bearcats have as of early March.


The University of Cincinnati picked up a second oral commitment this week from the 2010 class when St. Bernard Roger Bacon junior linebacker Solomon Tentman gave his pledge to the Bearcats today.

What might be more significant is the number of early commitments from local players the Bearcats have as of early March.

UC has picked up six oral commitments from the 2010 class including Northwest linebacker Preston Brown, West Chester Lakota West teammates tight end Alex Smith and offensive lineman Kevin Schloemer, Fairfield free safety Arryn Chenault, Eaton offensive lineman Clint Shepherd and Tentman.

By contrast, Ohio State has 2010 commitments from three in-state players.

“I think it’s great they are keeping Cincinnati kids,” Roger Bacon coach Kevin Huxel said.

UC, which made an Orange Bowl appearance Jan. 1, has gained plenty of attention over the past two seasons, including a Big East Conference championship last season.

To help bolster local recruiting efforts, head coach Brian Kelly hired longtime Colerain High School coach Kerry Coombs to be in charge of recruiting local talent. That hire has paid off with several high school players giving UC an early commitment over the past two years.

Fairfield coach Doc Gamble, who has sent five players to UC since his days of coaching Withrow High School, said the a growing trend in college football coaching circles is to hire a longtime high school coach from the nearby college program.

“(Coombs) is passionate about this area,” Gamble said. “(Coombs) has had a long time relationship with high school coaches, which is very important.”

Huxel, who was on the Lakota West coaching staff for three seasons, said he knows Schloemer and Smith very well. He coached Schloemer when he was a sophomore.

“I think (the three recent commitments) are a really neat thing,” Huxel said. “It’s nice those type of kids are going to a program that Coach Kelly has on the rise.”

Tentman, who is 6-foot-2 and 220 pounds, was first offered by UC. He had an offer from Minnesota and interest from UConn, Indiana and some Mid-American Conference schools.

Tentman had seven sacks for Roger Bacon last season. The Spartans play in the Greater Catholic League Central division.

“He’s somebody you have to account for on every play,” Huxel said.

Huxel said Tentman likes the idea of his family being able to watch him play in town. Tentman has an interest in studying criminal justice.

“I think he liked the idea of being in Cincinnati,” Huxel said. “He always conveyed to me that UC was what he always wanted.”

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