The Bearcats will probably be looking to add three or possibly four offensive linemen in 2012, and they got their first commitment at those critical positions when Madeira’s Kyle Williamson gave Butch Jones his verbal pledge early Friday morning.
“Yes, I’m finally committed to the University of Cincinnati,” he said.
After unofficially visiting the UC campus on Thursday, the 6-foot-5, 270 pound offensive lineman informed BearcatLair.com by text message that he had received a Bearcat offer and would be formally committing to Cincinnati the next morning. However, he didn’t want to go on-the-record until he had actually made the commitment to Coach Jones.
He explained his reason for the slight delay.
“I was going to give a verbal commitment right on the spot yesterday, but I wanted my mom to be there when I gave the commitment. She and my dad have been taking me all over the place during this process, but she’s the one that has raised me (because his father worked nights). I wanted her by my side when I called Coach Jones and gave the commitment.”
Recently Williamson picked up offers from Pittsburgh, Illinois, Akron, Kent State and Youngstown State, but he had his heart set on becoming a Bearcat.
“I sat back and had patience because it (Cincinnati) was the one offer I had been waiting for,” said Williamson. “I didn’t care how long I had to wait for it. I wanted to become a part of the Bearcat family, and I’m very happy to now be a part of that family. This is my hometown so why now stay. I’ve dreamed of being a Bearcat, and I’m living that dream.”
The first team All-CHL offensive lineman recently camped at Kentucky and said he would appear at only one other camp.
“I’ll go to the one at Cincinnati, and then I’m done with camps for the year.”
Williamson’s announcement also means the Cincinnati area has a new Bearcat tavern to watch games. The Williamsons have owned The Pilot Inn on Edwards Road in Norwood for many years.
“My dad’s going to hang a flag on the side of the building,” said Williamson.
Now that the local star is committed, he will begin actively recruiting other offensive linemen for the Bearcats.
“I’m really close to Joe Spencer (Mason High School),” he said. “We’re really good friends, and I’m trying to talk him into coming to Cincinnati now. I’m also talking to Terry Davis from Wyoming. Joe said that he’s going to think about it.”
Both Spencer and Davis have double digit offers including several from BCS schools.
As a 165 pound freshman, Williamson started for the Madeira varsity at defensive end. He then added 35 to 40 pounds as a sophomore and quickly became a two-way starter for the Mustangs. Last season, he again added about 40 pounds and suddenly became a BCS prospect for the Division IV school and helped them to an 8-2 record. He will play left tackle and defensive end next season as well.
Williamson becomes the eighth member of Cincinnati’s 2012 recruiting class and its first offensive lineman.