Now that the high school football season has officially begun, Bearcat Insider followed up on some earlier interviews with Bearcat prospects.
Chazz Anderson-Quarterback-Pickerington Central High School
Bearcat commit, Chazz Anderson (6‘ 2"/205), helped led his Pickerington Central squad to a 34-0 beating of rival Reynoldsburg High School on opening night. Anderson threw a 40 yard TD pass and also scored on a 1 yard run. Tiger head coach, Jay Sharrett, told the Pickerington newspaper that he is glad to have his All-Ohio Division II special mention quarterback returning. "He provides leadership like any 4th year player. He already knows the offense. He just keeps sharpening his play and continues to learn to read defenses."
Chazz showed his team-first attitude when asked about his personal statistics from Friday's season opening game. "I have no clue. I didn't see them in the paper and haven't talked to my coach." Despite not knowing his numbers, Chazz felt it was a good first outing, "Yeah. It was a productive day. The running backs ran the ball well, and I thought I made good decisions quarterback wise-throwing the ball away when needed. I also thought our receivers did a great job catching the ball."
Chazz was asked to describe the 40 yard scoring toss. "It was a waggle. It was supposed to be to the running back. I told Tim just to leak out and get outside. I hit him over his outside shoulder and threw a bullet about 30 yards in the air. He caught it and got into the end zone." The 1 yard scoring run was more or less an audible. "It was supposed to be a ‘46,' but I just decided to run it."
Bearcat safety recruit, Brian Peters (6'/205) also of Pickerington Central, kicked field goals of 41 and 25 yards in the game. He was 4 for 4 in PAT's. Brian's a jack of all trades for the Tigers and plays receiver too. Chazz thought Brian caught three passes for an estimated 25 yards. Chazz was asked about Brian's thoughts regarding college. "I can't ever tell with him. I know Cincinnati is in his top three, but I don't know what's going on."
When asked if he planned to attend any Bearcat games this fall, Chazz had trouble containing his enthusiasm and said he may even attend UC‘s opener. "Definitely. I'm going to go to all that I can. I want to be with the Bearcats."
Pickerington Central plays Canal Winchester next week.
Sean Patterson-Quarterback- St. John's Jesuit High School in Toledo
One player still looking for that first Division IA offer is Sean Patterson of St. John's High School in Toledo. Findlay High School's players will likely give their collective endorsement about Patterson after seeing him throw for two touchdowns in St. John's 24-16 upset victory last Friday night. (Patterson roughed up Findlay for three scores last year.) Patterson made key 3rd down completions of 14 and 21 yards to keep a 93 yard touchdown drive alive in the 3rd quarter before finding paydirt on a 45 yard strike. Sean's night concluded with 13 completions in 22 attempts for 180 yards and no interceptions. Patterson also picked up 42 yards on the ground. Findlay was rated as high as #7 in some preseason internet polls.
After the game, St. John‘s coach, Doug Pearson, talked about his team‘s attitude and his quarterback to the Findlay Courier. "The one thing we didn't do was panic. When you have as many seniors as we do and a guy like Sean Patterson pulling the trigger, the ship is going to be steered in the right direction."
Findlay's quarterback, Chris Schneider, is no slouch either. Schneider was 16 of 30 for 147 yards and scored two touchdowns on runs of 2 and 12 yards, but Coach Pearson made it clear which guy he wanted on his sideline. "You just saw two great quarterbacks play tonight, and they both did a great job. I wish Chris good luck wherever he ends up in college, but I'm glad I have Sean on my team."
Patterson has interest from a number of MAC schools and had received earlier interest from Cincinnati. When I spoke to his father, Sean Sr., Saturday morning, he and his son were hoping to come to Cincinnati for the UC/Miami game on September 30.
B. J. Cunningham-Receiver-Westerville South High School
Westerville South High School got a good win over Massilion Jackson Friday night with a final score of 55-31. Westerville pulled most of its starters in the 3rd quarter.
Bearcat Insider spoke with B. J. about the game. "We had Massilion down 48-3, and then the jv's (junior varsity) went in." B. J. scored twice in the game and talked about his catches. "I had four or five catches for about 80 yards. One of my touchdowns was a fade on the goalline, and the other was a slant on the six yard line."
Cunningham, rated a three star recruit by scout.com, named a leader in his recruitment. "Cincinnati is my #1 school right now. I really like them a lot. I really like their coaches." Despite presently sitting in the catbird seat, the Bearcats may yet be in for a tough recruiting battle if B.J. continues to have these kids of nights. B.J. is not intending to take any official visits yet and indicated that he wanted to wait a couple more weeks before making any decisions about anything. Miami and Toledo have also offered and are still in the picture, but it's clear Cunningham is waiting for other possible offers before making a commitment.
B.J.'s teammate Rocco Pentello is Westerville South's quarterback and is also being recruited by Cincinnati as an athlete, most likely a safety. Pentello was 12 of 19 for 128 yards and rushed for an additional 126 yards and two touchdowns in addition to the two TD passes to Cunningham- in less than three full quarters of work. B.J. was asked about Rocco. "I've talked to Rocco, and he's thinking the same way as I am. He's not going to commit yet. He's going to wait a little bit and see what might come." According to B.J., Rocco has offers from Cincinnati, Akron, Marshall and Ball State. Scout.com rates Rocco as a two star recruit.
Cunningham also played cornerback Friday night and admitted to dropping an interception, but when asked about the possibility of playing defense in college, B.J.'s answer sounded like someone had just stabbed him in the heart. "Ahh! No!"
One thing is sure. Whoever wins this recruiting battle is going to need to do it by recruiting B.J. as a receiver and not as a defensive back.
Rob Trigg-Defensive End-Chaminade-Julienne High School
Bearcat Insider spoke with the mother of Rob Trigg on Saturday morning. She indicated that Rob is now planning to wait until the 3rd game of the season to make any college decision. "We spoke with the new coaching staff (at Chaminade-Juliene) and decided to wait. It's a new staff with new ideas." Chaminade-Julienne's new coach is Andy Helm, most recently from East Clinton High School. Jim Place left Chaminade to go to Hamilton High School this year.
When I last spoke to Rob earlier in the summer, he and his family had intended to visit Cincinnati after Rob had participated in Coach Dantonio‘s football camp earlier in the summer. Mrs. Trigg did take the trip and enjoyed the unofficial visit. "It went well. I really liked it. Great facilities. I wasn't able to go during the camp because I was pregnant, and it was near the end of my pregnancy." (The Triggs welcomed a 9 pound 4 ounce baby boy named Gion into the family this summer.)
Chaminade-Julienne was defeated 31-0 by Clayton Northmont last Thursday as Bearcat recruit Clay Belton threw three touchdown passes and was 17 of 23 for 177 yards. Belton threw to six different receivers. The only knock on his performance was that Clay didn't throw any completions of any real length.
In other action…
Georgie Carpenter, Bearcat linebacker Jon Carpenter‘s younger brother, led Lancaster to a resounding victory over Logan High School when he ran the ball 22 times for 163 yards and 3 scores. Lancaster shutout Logan 38-0. Georgie Carpenter is only a junior.