December 7, 2011

Cody Sokol enjoyed his UC visit, more to come

The University of Cincinnati has not seen a QB competition in years. Next spring will be entirely different.

With two gifted freshmen (Stephen Weatherford, Patrick Coyne) exiting their redshirt year and possibly two incoming passers joining incumbent Munchie Legaux and Jordan Luallen the cupboard is full.

Though most of the competitors are known one slot remains empty. For now. UC hosted Cody Sokol for an official visit December 2nd. The Iowa-native had a great time.

"The best part of the trip was probably seeing them win the BIG EAST," said Sokol.
"That was really cool."

Cincinnati defeated UConn 35-27 to gain a one-third share of the BIG EAST Title.

Sokol has heard all the rumors and machinations of Cincinnati potentially departing the BIG EAST Conference. Though Louisville has been more vociferous about their Big 12 ambitions all five BIG EAST teams have professed concern over the dwindling ranks (Pitt, Cuse, WV leaving).

"That doesn't concern me," said Sokol. "What is important to me is the coaching staff. More than the conference. I know that Cincinnati is always going to be playing good teams. It is more about the coaches I am around and the program I play for."

Sokol was one of six official visitors. He was joined by WR Nathan Cole, DT Alex Pace, DB Sheldon Dawson, TE Kerwin Harrison, and RB David Smith.

Cole is the one attendee who entered the weekend verbally committed. The other five are taking UC into consideration. Harrison and Smith have listed UC in their top three.

Sokol has narrowed his list. He had to. His December graduation mandates a swift conclusion to the recruitment process.

"I am going to visit Florida International, Maryland, Iowa," said Sokol. "I am going to visit Memphis."

Sokol just reported on his twitter that Iowa sent an assistant in to see him today.

The Hawkeyes have not offered him, while Maryland, FIU, FAU, and UC have. Memphis did offer, but their coaching staff is gone.

Comfort with the coaching staff is important. Sokol has to sincerely trust he will be given every opportunity to start. He has two years of college soccer left. He wants to make an immediate impact upon arrival.

"It is going to be big," said Sokol. "I am not trying to go to a place to be on the bench. As long as I get a shot to compete for the starting spot that is all that I can ask for."

Cody sees Maryland as a big program capable of ascending the ACC ranks. His official visit to College Park will give him a deeper knowledge of the program and his potential role.

"I believe that they have two upperclassmen QB's," said Sokol. "One got ACC Player of the Year as freshmen. I guess he broke his throwing arm, so he went down. Another guy came in and filled in for him. They are talking about one of them transferring. They need someone to compete for the job."

QB legacy

Believe it or not Cody's former home, Scottsdale Community College, has groomed more future NFL quarterbacks than Cincinnati.

"Tim Rattay," said Sokol. "There was one more. Joe Germaine. He was the one I pretty much had all the records that I broke. I know there have been quite a few."

This historical significance helped Sokol select Scottsdale Community College, as a senior out of Iowa.

"I was either going to go to California (Community College) or Arizona," said Sokol. "I just decided to go to Scottsdale because they pass the most. It was one of the best places for me."

Cincinnati is trying to establish a QB legacy of their own. Passing has become a priority for the last three coaching staffs. Sokol was able to talk extensively with current Offensive Coordinator and QB Coach Mike Bajakian on his visit.

"We bonded pretty well (Bajakian)," said Sokol. "He said that I have a good opportunity to come in and compete for the job. He liked my film and I really fit his style of offense."

Cincinnati has not put all of their eggs in one basket. In truth they have a wide assortment of baskets for this forthcoming Easter Egg Hunt, masquerading as a QB search.

In a few weeks it will become clear if Sokol wants to join.

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