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Recruiting Roundup: UC Offers Rising 2025 QB, Multiple Four-Star Talents

By Russ Heltman,


Check out the latest notable offers.

CINCINNATI — Time for another slate of offers from UC football, starting with 2025 Findlay (Ohio) quarterback Ryan Montgomery.

Montgomery is not ranked yet but does hold 16 offers already from schools like Ohio State, Miami (FL), and Georgia.

The 6-foot-2, 205-pound passer has a stout pocket presence and is more of a traditional thrower who can run when needed.

Montgomery has a big arm and can make plenty of off-platform throws.

Next, we have 2024 three-star edge rusher Dominic Nichols out of Oakdale (Maryland).

According to 247Sports , Nichols is the 374th-ranked player nationally and the 24th-ranked edge rusher.

He now holds 21 offers from schools like Penn State, Georgia Tech, and Boston College.

The 6-foot-6, 240-pound menace is a walking sack. Nichols's massive size allows him to lean on the bull rush while also mixing a swim or pull move into his arsenal. He has nice awareness in the run game as well—flowing down the line with good timing to snuff out cutbacks.

UC also offered 2025 four-star running back Iverson Howard out of Quince Orchard (Maryland).

According to 247Sports , He is 74th overall, 11th among running backs, and first among all Maryland recruits.

He holds 11 offers from schools like Maryland, Ole Miss, and Penn State.

Howard plays in an old-school I-formation offense that helps him hit edges hard and get downhill in a hurry.

The 5-foot-10, 175-pounder pops the most in the open field, where he loves to flash a spin move. It also showcases his 4.46 40-yard dash time.

Following Howard is four-star 2024 linebacker Andrew Hines III out of Woodward Academy (Georgia).

According to 247Sports , Hines is the 287th-ranked player nationally and the 23rd-ranked linebacker. ESPN has him ranked 294th overall and 25th among linebackers.

He holds a whopping 38 offers from schools like Tennessee, Illinois, and Ole Miss.

Hines is one of the most versatile linebackers in this class. The 6-foot-1 215-pound talent can rush along the edge, play on either side of the middle linebacker, and drop back in coverage.

He is a great tackler and brings the pain on plenty of drive-through-the-ground tackles.

Cincinnati also offered 2024 four-star edge rusher Owen Wafle out of The Hun School (New Jersey).

According to 247Sports , Wafle is the 311th-ranked player nationally and the 20th-ranked edge defender.

He committed to Notre Dame last May and holds 14 offers.

Moving on, we have another committed offer to four-star cornerback Jamari Howard out of Westland Hialeah (Florida).

According to 247Sports , Howard is the 167th-ranked player nationally and the 17th-ranked cornerback. ESPN has him ranked 86th overall and eighth at his position.

He committed to Michigan State this past September and holds 26 offers.

The penultimate notable offer went out to four-star 2024 defensive lineman DD Holmes.

According to 247Sports , Holmes is the 245th-ranked player nationally and the 26th-ranked defensive lineman.

He holds 10 offers from schools like Michigan, Wisconsin, and West Virginia.

Holmes is a beast at 6-foot-6, 247 pounds. His second step in the backfield stands out the most on tape, as does his wrap-and-tackle ability. Get close to him as a ball carrier and its lights out on any broken tackle chances.

The junior has fantastic read-and-react ability in the run game and utilizes a nice punch move when rushing the passer.

We round things out with 2024 four-star safety Jaylen McClain out of Seton Hall Prep (New Jersey).

According to 247Sports , McClain is the 242nd-ranked player nationally and the 21st-rated safety.

He holds 31 offers from schools like Georgia, Duke, and Boston College.

The 6-foot, 185-pound safety is a force in the open field. He oozes the "Blackcats" mentality on blitzes and one-on-one tackles. McClain is stout with that part of his game and shows great athleticism in coverage.

His ball skills are strong enough to combat Big 12 passing attacks.

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