CINCINNATI (AP) - The Bearcats signed a junior college quarterback who will compete for the starting job next season.
Jarred Evans of Santa Barbara Community College has enrolled at Cincinnati and will be a front-runner for the job, along with sophomore Gunner Kiel, who sat out last season after transferring from Notre Dame. Evans was one of the most notable members of coach Tommy Tuberville’s recruiting class on Wednesday.
The 6-foot-2, 190-pound Evans reminds Tuberville of dual-threat quarterback Munchie Legaux, who tore ligaments in his left knee last season.
“Jarred Evans is a kid that I’ve had my eye on for a year,” Tuberville said. “He reminds me a lot of Munchie. Jarred is probably a more proficient passer because that’s what he’s done more, throw the ball. But he can really run, he’s got a lot of speed.”
Kiel’s experience running the offense in practice last season makes him the leading candidate to replace Brendon Kay, who has graduated.
Cincinnati’s highest-rated recruit is linebacker Kevin Mouhon, who is the brother of Bearcats defensive lineman Silverberry Mouhon. Kevin Mouhon originally committed to Tennessee, but changed his mind and will play with his brother.
Kevin Mouhon attended a football camp at Cincinnati last year and made a visit.
“Silverberry was probably our better recruiter,” Tuberville said. “Kevin came to games, came for an official visit. I think family won out in this situation.”
National rankings (Rivals 58; Scout 61).
Best in class: Kevin Mouhon, Norcross, Ga. The 6-foot-2, 225-pound linebacker originally committed to Tennessee and former Bearcats coach Butch Jones. He changed his mind in part because of his brother, Cincinnati defensive lineman Silverberry Mouhon, who is entering his junior season.
Best of the rest: QB Jarred Evans, 6-2, 190. The transfer from Santa Barbara Community College has already enrolled and will be eligible for spring football, where he’ll push sophomore Gunner Kiel for the starting job. LB Marcus Tappan from Glendale College also has enrolled and could get early playing time. CB J.J. Pinckney from Sylvania Southview in Ohio provides size (6-3, 186) at one of the Bearcats’ thinnest positions.
Late addition: Davon Witherspoon, a safety from McArthur High School in Miami, was the last recruit signed on Wednesday. The 6-foot-3, 200-pound defensive back will add to the depth in the secondary.
One that got away: Hunter Atkinson, TE. Atkinson, a 6-foot-5, 250-pounder, waited until Tuesday to choose Georgia over Cincinnati. “We knew we had a battle with Georgia and we lost last night,” Tuberville said.