February 8, 2010

UC signee Tentman content man through transition

Cincinnati's leading returning tackler, JK Schaffer did his on-field job well in 2009. His efforts continued to the recruiting front where he also succeeded. Two players he hosted, Cory Mason and Solomon Tentman signed with UC last week.

"Our current players are the best ambassadors for our future program," said Coach Butch Jones.

Mason held out for the coveted UC offer despite early offers from both Kent State and Eastern Illinois. Tentman received a little more shine, more glances from the recruiting world.

"I got offers from three other schools, including UC," said Tentman. Akron, Minnesota, and Purdue all angled for the talented middle linebacker. Thanks in large part to Kerry Coombs Tentman will be donning the red and black next year.

High school coaches repeatedly credit Coombs with getting it. The Associate Head Coach guided Colerain High School to a Division 1 state championship in Ohio prior to stepping into the UC position.

Coombs held it together in the weeks before Butch Jones was officially named the head coach.

When Coombs talked with Tentman following Brian Kelly's departure the LB knew UC was still his future home.

"It wasn't that big of a deal to me," said Tentman. "It was where I wanted to be. The Criminal justice is third in the nation, which is what I want to major in."

Tentman can really help UC next year and his signing becomes exponentially more important in the wake of Preston Brown's flip flop commitment to Louisville.

Had Brown, Tentman, and Mason entered the Big East program, a typical arc of ascendance into the starting lineup would have been fine. In actuality Tentman is the only freshman option capable of mixing it up inside.

"I thought he was a big, productive middle linebacker," observed Midwest Recruiting Analyst Greg Ladke. "Good tackler. The guy is really athletic and should be consistent."

As reigning GCL Defensive Player of the Year, Tentman seems to know his value and expects to compete for substantial playing time in the fall.

"I believe I have a decent chance of playing next year," said Tentman. "I really look forward to playing with JK Schaffer."

His only chance will be the upcoming season as Schaffer becomes a senior later this calendar year. The linebacker never stops working to make UC a better program. The axiom that football season is year-round rings true for Schaffer.

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