While new Bearcat basketball coach Mick Cronin continues looking for players, he's definitely not the only UC coach beating the bushes to find help. Mark Dantonio and his staff have already signed one recruit well after the national signing date and now they're after another. Lance Jeter is a 6' 3"/215 pound wideout from Beaver Falls High School, the same school that produced Joe Namath.
Jeter had originally hoped to stay home and play his college ball at Pitt but has since moved to Plan B. "In the beginning, I did want to go to Pitt, but now my options are open. I'm very interested in Cincinnati now."
There's a possibility this two sport star could help both programs. "I think they're (Cincinnati) attracted to me for football, but there is a possibility I could play both sports. But I‘m not looking for that my first year." In basketball, Lance was a four year starter at Beaver Falls and scored 2,243 points. He was named 1st team all-state by the Associated Press while averaging 19.5 points as a senior. His team won the AA (3rd largest group) state championship as a junior and was the runner-up this year. The Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports that Lance has scholarship offers in basketball from Dayton, Duquesne and Kent State.
After losing the state championship game, his high school coach gave Lance considerable praise. "I just thanked him. Not just because he's a good player, but because of the person he is. He has never been anything but a source of pride for Beaver Falls. Kids like that don't come along every day. There are going to be other good players here, but there is never going to be another Lance."
Despite his obvious talent in basketball, Lance seems set on playing college football. He visited Pitt in mid-January but no offer ever came. Now he's narrowed his choices to Akron, Cincinnati and possibly Temple. "I'm planning to go to Akron the Monday after Easter, and I'm going to Cincinnati later that week." Since Cincinnati plays the hometown Pitt Panthers every year, do the Bearcats have a recruiting edge? "If you can't play for your hometown team, then it would be perfect to play for another great team that comes to your hometown and beats them."
As with many young players, the chance to play early is also attracting Lance to Cincinnati. "It's something I would like to do. I'd like to come in and make a big impact. They told me I'd have a chance to come in and play early."
Lance was also named 1st team all state in football and was selected to play in the Big 33 game. He presents a big, fast target (4.5 forty) and sounds as if he's not afraid to make the tough catches in traffic. "I run crisp routes and catch the ball well. And I'll go over the middle. I'm a physical player." Lance also played safety at Beaver Falls and hasn't ruled out playing on the defensive side of the ball if necessary. "If that's what they want me to do, I'll do it."
Lance said he has the grades to be eligible as a freshman which makes this entire scenario a bit confusing. Someone's going to get a nice late pick-up. Let's hope it's the guys with a "C" Paw on their helmets.
Bearcat Insider will check back with Lance in two weeks.