Recruiting Roundup: Cincinnati Football Offers Five-Star 2026 Safety, Official Visits Trickling In

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Jul 12, 2023; Arlington, TX, USA; A view of the Cincinnati Bearcats helmet and logo during Big 12
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CINCINNATI — Time for another Recruiting Roundup as Cincinnati football sent out more notable offers in recent weeks. We start with an offer for five-star 2026 safety Zelus Hicks out of Carrollton (Georgia).

According to 247Sports, Hicks is the 16th-best player nationally and the second-best safety.

The 6-1, 180-pound playmaker holds 28 offers from schools like Auburn and Florida. Check out his highlights here.

Rolling to a four-star offer for 2026 edge rusher Braeden Jones out of Mount Carmel (Illinois).

According to 247Sports, Jones is the 148th-ranked player nationally and the 14th-best edge rusher.

The 6-4, 235-pound player holds 20 offers from schools like Boston College and Tennessee. Check out his highlights here.

Cincinnati also offered three-star 2025 cornerback Armoni Weaver out of Westside (South Carolina).

According to 247Sports, Weaver is the 561st-ranked player nationally and the 53rd-best cornerback.

The 5-10, 170-pound player holds 11 offers from schools like Duke and Coastal Carolina. Check out his highlights here.

A four-star offer went out to 2026 Imani Christian Academy (Pennsylvania) athlete David Davis.

According to 247Sports, Davis is the 202nd-ranked player nationally and the 17th-best athlete.

The 5-10 athlete is up to 10 offers from schools like Kent State and Kentucky. Check out his highlights here.

An offer was sent to the three-star 2025 Villa Angelo-St. Joseph (Ohio) offensive lineman Robert Smith as well.

According to 247Sports, Smith is the 99th-ranked interior offensive lineman and the 69th-best player in Ohio.

The 6-4, 290-pound talent holds 16 offers from schools like Marshall and Boston College. Check out his highlights here.

Cincinnati also had three-star 2025 Douglass (Georgia) offensive tackle Xavier Canales in for a visit this past weekend. 

According to On3, Canales is the 86th-ranked offensive tackle in the class and the 99th-best player in Georgia.

He holds 11 offers from schools like Troy and Georgia State. Check out his highlights here.

We close with some official 2025 visits, including three-star safety Dyllon Williams heading to Cincinnati June 6-9.

Check out his thoughts on the program.

Cincinnati is also welcoming three-star Rock Creek Christian Academy wide receiver Giyahni Kontosis from May 30-June 2.

Kontosis is ranked 81st among wide receivers in the Class of 2025, 14th in the state of Maryland, and 517th overall nationally, per 247Sports' composite rankings.

He holds 17 offers from schools like Charlotte and Georgia Tech.

We close with an OV from 2025 three-star offensive line target Samuel Paich out of Glenbrook North (Illinois) June 13-16.

According to 247Sports, Paich is the 86th-best offensive lineman in the class and the 13th-best player in Illinois.

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