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May 1, 2011The water flowing through the Warren Central High School-Cincinnati pipeline is scalding hot. Mere weeks after Deionte Buckley and Josh Posley started off the Class of 2012, Jonathan Burt also decided to verbally commit.
More than Posley, Burt is a hand-down lineman. While Posley will transform to outside linebacker in college, Burt certainly will work with UC DL Coach Steve Stripling.
"They like me at tackle and they like me at the end," said Burt. "I think more of a tackle though."
Burt becomes the third defensive player from Warren Central to commit in two years time, all of them played with WCHS last fall. And all of them cited UC Associate Head Coach Kerry Coombs as their primary recruiter.
"Coach Coombs is really honest, really cool, laid back guy," said Burt. "He is really intense on the field. I like that. He will make you work and push you."
The Bearcats had a great month of April, landing Buckley, Posley, Drake Bruns, Andre Jones, Marcus Foster, and Ryan Leahy.
Every single player listed above credited Coach Coombs with opening up their recruitment. Of course Coach Coombs does not recruit alone. For Burt a big part of his verbal decision was DL Coach Stripling.
"He has coached more college defensive line players that went to the NFL than any college coach," said Burt. "That says a lot right there. My (position) coach likes him a lot too."
Though many people around him felt energized and enthused for Burt he mentioned that the commitments of Posley and Buckley really did not influence him.
"It was my own decision," said Burt. "That is just a plus that I get to stay with my guys for a few more years. A lot of the players I consider brothers, they were all of my players were really excited for me."
Finish line frenzy
Burt had his share of offers. He ended up picking Cincinnati over several other schools.
"Minnesota, IU, Bowling Green, Buffalo, Western Michigan, Ball State," said Burt.
Cincinnati snatched him over two Big 10 schools and certain future challengers as well.
"I committed because I felt like I was at home with the coaching staff," said Burt.
"I felt like we had a good relationship. Academic wise they have everything I need there. Playing wise I felt I could get there and get on the field. It was a great opportunity."
Warming to Warren
Ironically the three Warren commits to Cincinnati were the most recently offered by the Bearcats in Indianapolis. An outstanding offer to Kevin Davis hangs in the air. Last week his brother Jordan Wallace confirmed with his coach that UC has offered him too.
Don't forget Tyrone Pearson either. The whole nation is recruiting the interior lineman. Pearson prepped at Louisville Seneca the last few years, but moved up I-65 to Indianapolis this spring.
After backing out of his Louisville verbal he picked up offers from Oklahoma, Cincinnati, and many others. Yet another successful weekend for UC football. The coaching staff continues on, closure given to one more 2012 target.
What will the month of May hold?