New Cincinnati Bearcats head coach Tommy Tuberville is wasting little time in putting his stamp on the program. That trend continued over the weekend when Tuberville landed his first recruit for the 2014 class.
Franklin Labady, a 5-7 all-purpose back from Edison High School in Miami verbally committed to Cincinnati, according to Bearcat Lair. This commitment gives the Bearcats a playmaker in their 2014 class.
What might be as impressive as getting an early commitment is Labady’s location. Tuberville and his staff were able to go into south Florida, into inner-city Miami in fact, and pick up a player, despite the many in-state schools that Labady could have chosen to sign with. This signals that Tuberville and his staff are determined to get better athletes into the program, even if it means going toe-to-toe with the big boys in the Sunshine State.
Tuberville has also announced a change in spring football drills for the Bearcats. Cincinnati will now start spring practice on March 1 and end with the spring game on April 6. The 15-session spring practice was originally slated to end on April 13.
While Tuberville attributed the change to class conflicts, he is also setting the tone by getting on the field earlier than expected and being able to learn more about his new team.
Tuberville has had success with the Ole Miss Rebels, the Auburn Tigers and the Texas Tech Red Raiders, and by putting his mark on the Cincinnati program, he’s hoping for continued success in the Queen City.