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Top Recruit on Bearcats Head Coach Luke Fickell: 'He's Not Leaving'

Cincinnati is 11-0 this season.

CINCINNATI — There are plenty of rumors and rumblings about Bearcats head coach Luke Fickell's future in Cincinnati. 

The Cats are 11-0 and in the mix for one of the four spots in the College Football Playoff. Could Fickell leave Cincinnati for Florida, LSU or another elite head coaching job? 

The answer is no according to four-star defensive end Mario Eugenio, who visited Cincinnati this weekend

"We spoke about it and he's (Fickell) not leaving," Eugenio told Sports Illustrated's John Garcia. "He's not planning on leaving. We were talking—my dad's the one who asked the question—and he said he's not leaving. He's not planning on moving, money wasn't a factor to him. So he's staying in Cincinnati and help them stay a winning program."

Fickell has garnered interest from other Power 5 schools in the past, including Michigan State, but he's stayed in Cincinnati. 

The Bearcats have a real shot at making the College Football Playoff this season. Combine that with the schools agreement to join the Big 12 and there's at least a decent chance that Fickell stays in Cincinnati and continues to build a winner. 

Schools like Florida, LSU and even USC will do their due diligence, but Fickell appeared to be pretty convincing. 

Eugenio still hasn't made a decision, but certainly felt the love from the Bearcats coaching staff. He would instantly become the top recruit in Cincinnati's 2022 class if he were to commit to the Bearcats. 

Read Garcia's entire article on the standout defensive end here.

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