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Bearcats 2018 signing class additions

Bearcats 2018 signing class additions (WKRC)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - University of Cincinnati football head coach Luke Fickell announced seven additions to the Bearcats 2018 signing class on National Signing Day Tuesday. UC had previously added 22 players during the December early-signing period. Signing Day is presented by Nissan.

The 2018 class features 15 signees from Ohio, and 19 from the 300-mile radius surrounding UC's campus. It is UC's highest-rated recruiting class, sitting No. 46 in both the 247Sports and Rivals.com rankings.

"Obviously a good closing day," Fickell said. "We signed two local kids and added some much-needed length to our program. The most impressive thing is to see 15 guys from the state of Ohio and 19 from inside our 300-mile radius. It still leaves us a little bit of wiggle room to continue to do what we need to do and to also reward the guys who are in our program already."

The signing day additions included TE Leonard Taylor (Springfield, Ohio/Springfield), who ranks No. 181 in the ESPN 300, RB Tavion Thomas (Dayton, Ohio/Dunbar), one of the top power backs in the Midwest and DL Myjai Sanders (Kingsland, Georgia/Camden County), who ESPN.com ranks as one of the Top-75 defensive ends in the 2018 class.

// LOOKING AHEAD

The Bearcats open up the 2018 campaign on Saturday, Sept. 1 against UCLA in the Rose Bowl. UC's other non-conference matchups include Miami (Ohio) at Paul Brown Stadium (Sept. 8), and two-straight home games in Nippert Stadium against Alabama A&M and Ohio on Sept. 15 and Sept. 22, respectively. In American Athletic Conference play, UC faces ECU, Navy, Tulane and USF at Nippert and travels to UConn, SMU, Temple and UCF.

Information provided by UC Athletics.

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