Following a College Football Playoff appearance, the Cincinnati Bearcats have serious momentum. Coming out of a big Junior Day, ten recruits in the 2023 cycle have committed to join the Bearcat Family. Wide Receiver Ayden Greene out of Powell (TN) was one of the recruits to buy into Luke Fickell’s staff that weekend. The 6’3 and 175-pound wideout elaborate on his decision below.
Despite having visits scheduled to Arkansas, Mississippi State, and Virginia Tech, he was ready to commit to the Bearcats after a great visit. “That visit changed everything; I’ve never been to Cincy. It felt like home, so I made that decision,” says Greene.
On his visit, Greene had the opportunity to meet with the coaches, and something clicked with the wideout that Cincinnati was the place to be. “I want to be a part of something special, and I think their coaching staff is doing that at a high level.” One coach has explicitly stood out to him. “[Wide Receivers Coach] Mike Brown has developed and put guys in the league, which is everything I need. Great guy as well. In the few months we’ve communicated, he has changed my life, and I can’t thank him enough!”
The head coach, Luke Fickell, has also made a lasting impression on the talented wide receiver. Greene has bought into what Fickell is doing and does that to the level of a commitment. “How he does things and coaches his guys is why he has turned Cincinnati around. Their demeanor and how they do things [at Cincinnati] is what sold me.”
Cincinnati will be joining the Big 12 Conference after this season and what will be Ayden Greene’s freshman year in college. The 4-star says that the conference change had no impact on his decision, but rather Cincinnati was just the best fit. While it was not a factor in his decision, he’s ready for the Bearcats’ jump in competition. “I’m ready to play whoever whenever,” said the confident Greene.
For the Bearcats, Greene adds a big-bodied wide receiver who excels on the jump ball. He turns 50/50 throws into 100/0 throws with his vertical ability and long arms. His background in basketball helps him play above the rim and box out defensive backs on jump ball opportunities. With Cincinnati’s development system, Greene has the potential to be a big-time pickup for the Bearcats.
Fresh off a College Football Playoff appearance and top-5 finish, Cincinnati has used that momentum to climb to the #3 recruiting class in the nation. The development, culture, and winning are primary reasons for their recruiting success. They are causing recruits, including Ayden Greene, to buy into what the staff is doing and look to continue the season.