The Cincinnati metropolitan area saw some key football engagements over the weekend as local athletes keep aligning their future plans and visits. At the top of the list was the junior recipient, St. Xavier Liam Clifford who will follow his brother Sean and go to Penn State.
The Nittany Lions are hot after an ESPN game day broadcast and a white-out win over Michigan on Saturday night. Now the promising little brother of your starting quarterback is on the way. Originally a quarterback, Clifford has played receiver for coach Steve Specht’s Bombers for the past two seasons. He currently leads the Greater Catholic League-South in reception yards with 866 catches out of 59 with nine touchdowns. The 6-2,190-pound Clifford also averaged 27.9 yards on kickoff returns with a long of 84.
Colerain Defensive Tackle also got involved at the University of Cincinnati over the weekend Dontay Corleone. Corleone, like Clifford, is a junior. The 6-2, 295-pound “Godfather” was in UC’s win over Tulsa Saturday with Bearcat commit and Colerain teammates Deshawn pace.
Daved Jones Jr. (Lakota West), Jaheim Thomas (Princeton) and Iesa Jarmon (La Salle) were also in attendance the day after their respective high school teams had big wins. Jones and Thomas are UC commits, Jarmon is being followed but recently also visited Purdue and added an offering for Central Michigan. The Bearcats have been chasing Jarmon and three of his Lancer teammates in the defensive backfield: Jaylen Johnson, Jaymar Hargrove-Mundy, and Devonte Smith.
Other interesting visitors to Nippert Stadium on Saturday were Travis Kelce, who was in town for the UC 2009 team to be inducted into the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame. Wyoming senior quarterback and UC sign up Evan Prater discovered him and stopped for a short conversation and a photo.
Prater, Jones, and Thomas can officially sign on early Division I Football Day of the NCAA, December 18. Basketball and other sports can sign a student’s senior year November 13th.
As part of the Bearcats 2009, which ended the regular season 12-0, former coach Brian Kelly was present. The current Notre Dame coach, however, used his time to visit Roger Bacon junior Corey Kiner Thursday. He then watched as Kiner completed eight touchdowns against CHCA on Friday night.
Other current visits / offers include offensive lineman Mao Glynn from Walnut Hills picking up a Pitt bid, St. Xavier offensive lineman Cameron Collins made an unofficial visit to Kentucky and Quarterback Harrison Connor Kinnett visited Indiana State and accepted an offer from Butler.
Add to Princeton’s star stable, security / linebacker Leroy Bowers was offered by UC on Sunday. Bowers is the team’s top kick returner, leading the Vikings with three interceptions.
Step out, Moeller Kevin Thibodeaux recently committed to marine and Rory Bell from Wilmington accepted a temple offer. Both have worked with former UC and Northern Illinois kicker Andrew Gantz who has taught numerous local kicker, including La Salle’s Jake Seibert, an Ohio State Commit.
In tires, Paul McMillan IV of Woodward and Bowen Hardman from Princeton Both have offers from UC and Xavier and were in attendance for Musketeer Madness last Friday. at the Cintas Center. McMillan was also in Kentucky recently for Big Blue Madness and is followed by multiple programs.
Among the great men, Moeller Center Logan Duncomb added a Wisconsin visit as he continues to be followed by many Big Ten schools. Turpin middle Owen Spencer I just committed myself to the citadel.
In the girl game Nevaeh Dean of Lakota West was an early commitment to Virginia Tech and was just making her official visit.
The 6-2 Dean averaged 9.4 points and 7.2 rebounds for the 23-3 Firebirds last season. Indian Hill’s Maddie Antenucci has also committed to the Florida Gulf Coast. She led the CHL last season with 19.5 points per game.