A.J. Branisel is one of Ohio's top tight end prospects, and the Chardon Notre Dame Cathedral Latin product has made his college selection.
"I have committed to Cincinnati," Branisel announced Thursday evening. "I was there last Tuesday, and as soon as I got on campus I felt like it was home. Once I met with all the coaches and watched practice, I just knew I wanted to be a Bearcat. I loved the campus and their offense fits me perfectly."
"I called Coach (Butch) Jones today and told him I wanted to be a Bearcat," he added. "He was with Coach (Dave) Jonhson, the tight end coach, and they were both very excited for me. I didn't want to wait on any more offers, because I knew Cincinnati was right for me."
Last week the Bearcats landed Massillon (OH) quarterback Kyle Kempt, and he and Branisel have already formed a friendship.
"Kyle and I have spoken and he's a good guy," he explained. "We talked before I visited, and he hit me up on Facebook. I'm looking forward to having him be my quarterback the next four years."
As a junior, he caught 35 passes for 536 yards, with six touchdowns. He is equally adept lining up in the slot, as he is as a basic tight end, and has the speed to get open down the seam.