It is always encouraging when a player stresses academics. They are committing to a school after all.
Friday afternoon Middletown High School running back E.J. Junior emphasized the importance of academics in his decision to verbally commit to Cincinnati.
"It has everything I need," said Junior. "I was interesting in the engineering program. They have co-op and hands-on training."
Junior enjoyed the potential of the Engineering Department at UC. During his official visit this past weekend was hosted by junior linebacker Maalik Bomar.
"I got to talk to Schaffer and Drew Frey, who is the engineering program," said Junior. "They (UC coaches) told me I had two choices (for major) My top choice was chemical engineering. I also like mechanical."
His talk with Drew helped convince Junior that it was possible to simultaneously endure engineering and football work.
"They have a great group of kids there," said Junior.
This decision came after E.J. and his parents discussed his college options Thursday evening.
Position of relevance
Despite his offensive HS success Junior will most likely play linebacker for UC. Through eight games Junior rushed 755 yards on 138 carries. He just missed the 100 ypg figure and danced into the endzone nine times.
"Coach Jones said they are recruiting me for linebacker," said Junior. "He discussed the running back position. He said I might be going both ways. They don't have any power backs."
UC has hosted RB David Smith recently. Verbally committed running backs include Deionte Buckley, Dennis Norfleet, and Ti'on Green. UC brought in RBs Jameel Poteat, Akise Teague, and Ralph David Abernathy a year ago.
"I played both positions physical," said Junior. "It is either or."