Cincinnati signed the best recruiting class in the Group of Five and it comes at a time when the Bearcats absolutely needed it. After going 4-8 in Luke Fickell’s debut season, the Bearcats tore it up on the recruiting trail by signing some of Ohio’s best prospects.
According to 247 Sports, no one was more touted than 4-star tight end Leonard Taylor out of Springfield, Ohio. Taylor received serious interest from Kentucky, Louisville, and Texas A&M before staying home and becoming a Bearcat.
100% Committed !!! .... Respect my Decision #GoBearCats #CinCityPride18 pic.twitter.com/1a739c855Z— Lenny T (@Lenny_T_20) February 7, 2018
Last year’s starting tight end Tyler Cogswell has graduated and with only two players seeing limited playing time at the position last year, it’s not inconceivable for Taylor to rise up the depth chart and receive playing time.
The #5 player in Ohio, @Lenny_T_20 excelled at both quarterback and defensive end in high school. pic.twitter.com/X7M7xX0Km7— Cincinnati Football (@GoBearcatsFB) February 7, 2018
While Taylor is considered a tight end at the next level, in the above tweet you can see that Taylor is an extremely versatile athlete as he played quarterback and defensive end during his time at Springfield.
Luke Fickell’s 2018 class could go down as the one that brought the Bearcats their first outright AAC Championship. The Bearcats signed the five best prospects entering the AAC in 2018. One of those five was Leonard Taylor, and if he lives up to the hype he’ll become Cincy’s best tight end since Travis Kelce.