The start of his senior season has ushered in a rise in recruiting interest for Middletown, Ohio running back E.J. Junior. The 6-0, 210-pound back has his first offer in hand, and several more programs showing interest.
"UC offered me not too long ago," Junior reported. "That meant a lot. I've been working hard all summer, but I'm just trying to stay focused and keep my head on straight about everything."
Junior has yet to take in a game visit at Cincinnati this fall, but is excited about the offer from the Bearcats and plans to look at them thoroughly in the coming months.
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"All last year they came to the school and were recruiting me for linebacker," Junior said. "When he offered me, though, he said I could play either way - at running back or linebacker - it was my choice."
West Virginia has also called this month and is sending letters. Akron came by his school last week and Ohio University has been in touch this month as well.
"I've been trying to get my name out and trying to win football games," Junior said. "I'm just looking for more offers so I can have a variety of choices.
Junior's father is the head football coach at Division II Central State University, located in Dayton. The fall, of course, is a busy time of year for him, so finding time when Junior can take visits to schools could be tough for the next few months.
"It depends on how my dad's schedule goes," Junior said. "I have been trying to get out with my mom sometimes."