CINCINNATI - Tommy Tuberville made his first real mark on the University of Cincinnati Wednesday, the first day of the NCAA signing period, when the first-year head coach announced 22 student-athletes signed to play football for the Bearcats.
Five of the athletes included in that group of athletes enrolled in January and will participate in spring football, according to Tuberville.
“Our coaches did an outstanding job of catching up,” Tuberville told GoBearcats.com . “We are bringing guys in who can help the team win. I don’t want to give offers and scholarships out just to give them out. We have immediate needs at starters and backups so there is no better way than doing that than bringing in some junior college players. The players we have signed will be able to help the team in the near future and we are looking forward to getting started this spring.”
The class includes five defensive backs, three tight ends, four defensive linemen, three “athletes” (their positions have not been determined), two offensive linemen, two running backs, a pair of wide receivers and a quarterback.
The recruits are made up of even junior-college athletes along with 15 high school student-athletes.
Tuberville told GoBearcats.com that adding speed to the roster was his primary area of concern.
“I feel good about the qualities for the players we signed,” Tubervile said in his interview with GoBearcats.com. “Speed is one of the main ingredients of the class. We felt it was something that needed to improve as a whole. I don’t look at size as much as much speed and quickness of the players.”
The Bearcats are scheduled to begin spring ball on March 5, 2013 with the 15-practice session closing out on April 13.
Below is an in-depth breakdown of the list of recruits who signed to play with the Bearcats on Wednesday provided by the University of Cincinnati Sports Information Department:
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