2026 Tight End Cole Albers Recaps Cincinnati Bearcats Visit

Cole Albers talks to Bearcats Talk.

TUNNEL HILL — Cincinnati has been targeting many 2026 targets but not all of them are 6-foot-8! That's the case with Cole Albers.

Albers is a 6-8, 230-pound unranked tight end from Minster High School in Minster, Ohio and he recently took a visit to Cincinnati.

“It was a very good visit, fast-paced and high energy,” Albers stated to Bearcats Talk. “Nice, well-kept facilities, right in the heart of campus with plans for some amazing new facilities coming soon too.”

He dove into some things he noticed from his first visit with the Bearcats.

“Being a sophomore, this was just my first visit here, so not a ton of notes were taken. Mostly just wanted to get a feel for what the facilities were like, how they operate in practice, how they utilize the tight end position, and generally getting to meet coaches and staff to start to build relationships.”

He connected with his position coach (Josh Stepp).

“Coach Stepp is who I connected with for sure. Smart, high-energy guy, that shoots you straight. The film session was fast-paced, rapid-fire, and to the point. He has high expectation levels and the guys in the tight end room respond to it.”

The talented tight end believes Nippert Stadium is something unique for the Bearcats.

“Nippert Stadium is right in the heart of campus, with the traffic of students going by on just a normal Monday… I can imagine what game days are like there. But what made the biggest impact on me was just the pace at which they worked. Efficient, fast-paced, high energy, no wasted reps, I like that.”

Albers got a deep look into how the tight ends operate.

“What stood out the most to me is just how involved the tight ends are. How often there are multiple guys from that TE room utilized in the offense & special teams? Not just used as an extra lineman, but as first, a second, or third option in many concepts, but can also be that extra blocker. They seem to be a very integral part of what they do.”

He has high hopes to visit again and be able to work with Stepp.

“Yes, I plan to be back this summer for one of the camp dates to get an opportunity to work with Coach Stepp on the field.”

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Caleb Sisk


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