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Local DE Blake Bacevich intrigued by opportunity to stay close to home

Blake Bacevich has lived in Cincinnati his entire life. His family is in Cincinnati, he plays football for one of the top programs in Cincinnati (St. Xavier) and recently he has been given the opportunity to continue to stay close to home and play football for the University of Cincinnati.

Bacevich was elated when the Bearcats called earlier this month, and he definitely plans on being on campus this weekend when the Bearcats host their first official junior day of the Fickell era.

"I am so excited about this offer, to be able to have the chance to stay home and play in front of my family for four more years is really exciting," he said about his first reaction to the Bearcats offer.

Bacevich has the Bearcats near the top of his list going into his visit this weekend.

"I really like the whole staff, the atmosphere and buzz they have around the program right now is amazing. I am still working my way around colleges and collection offers, but I am very impressed by the Bearcats."

Bacevich received the offer while on an unofficial visit earlier this month.

"I had been communicating with Coach Washington a lot recently and he asked if I could come down for a visit. When I got there we sat and talked for a while then I met with FIckell and he offered me."

To the Bacevich family, Cincinnati is so much more then a city, it's a way of life.

"My entire family, we are all Cincy natives. It would mean quite a lot to be able to represent the Queen City. Both my grandparents are UC alumni and have been season ticket holders longer then I have been alive, so I could count on them to be at every game. It would be pretty cool to end up playing here for Coach Fickell," he said about the family history he has with the University of Cincinnati.

Bacevich plans on committing this summer, and has other early offers from Ball State, Toledo, and Kent State among others.