The Cincinnati Bearcats end up on the lists of two four-star football recruits

one already hot summer for University of Cincinnati soccer coach Luke Fickell and his staff, it might get even hotter.

Last week, the Fickell’s Bearcats landed defensively on the lists of two four-star recruits in 2023 Jalen Thompson and 2024 defensive tackle Omar White.

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Thompson, a 6-foot-4, 240-pound standout at Cass Technical High School in Detroit, announced Cincinnati as one of his top five possible college destinations in a post via Twitter on Saturday.

In addition to the Bearcats, Thompson named the states of Michigan, Ohio, Penn and Pittsburgh as possible landing spots.

Six days earlier, White, the 6-foot-4, 290-pound Region 1 6A Defensive Lineman of the Year for 2021 at Lee County High School in Leesburg, Ga., listed Cincinnati in his top 10.

While Thompson and White both had the Bearcats and Michigan State, White added Alabama, Clemson, Florida State, Georgia, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas A&M and HBCU Jackson State, where Deion Sanders of the Pro Football Hall of Fame is the head coach.

Thompson, who visited Cincinnati on June 10, is Michigan State‘s second-ranked 2023 recruit. according to 247Sportsbehind only quarterback Dante Moore (Oregon Commitment).

A Thompson signing would give the Bearcats four four-star signings in an already loaded position Recruitment Class 2023 this includes four-star recruits Trevor Carter, Daeh McCullough and Amare Snowden.

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Pat Lambert, a former Cincinnati defenseman (2008-12) and recruiting director for the Bearcats football program, told The Enquirer last month that Cincinnati’s goal is to “keep pushing to be a top 10 program.”

A signing from White would be a great start to the 2024 class for Lambert, Fickell and two-time American Athletic Conference champion Bearcats, who are slated to leave the AAC and join the Big 12 Conference on July 1, 2023.

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