Jackson Carman was the main attraction, not only because he is the top-rated player in Ohio but because he did something that’s gotten somewhat rare over the years: Waited until signing day to announce his decision.
Malik Vann got the spotlight first, though, and made no bones about why he is going to Cincinnati: Luke Fickell.
He spoke passionately about the potential for making UC football a destination for local players, of returning to the glory days of the previous decade when the Bearcats made a couple of BCS bowls.
But at the same time, he said he is pretty much only doing so because of the coach.
It’s funny how one variable can unlock so many other positives, but then recruiting is one of those things where everyone’s decision is individual and you never know what’s going to be the deciding factor.
Meanwhile, Carman sounded more intrigued with the idea of getting away.
Ohio State being the dominant presence in Ohio seemed to work both for and against coach Urban Meyer. The prestige and success made the Buckeyes impossible to ignore (and they certainly got plenty of chances to impress the young man) but also might have made it impossible for them to win this one.
Sometimes being able to strike out on one’s own is important, and that is the case for Carman.
And yet as much as Vann and Carman are going in opposite directions, there was a common thread in their decisions, too: The coach they chose.
Carman, like many prospects these days, was obviously impressed by Clemson coach Dabo Swinney, who is building a monster of a program.
There’s no right or wrong here as long as Vann and Carman both truly made the decisions they believe are best for them. I just found that juxtaposition interesting…