Cincinnati freshmen report, minus two

It is that time of year, when freshmen begin the journey to their new schools. Cincinnati welcomed its new incoming players this week and nearly everybody made it to campus.

Two players are no shows so far: receiver Rodriguez Coleman and linebacker Demetrius Alston. There had been questions about academics for Coleman throughout the recruiting process. One local outlet reported last week he would be at school in time for fall practice, but that may not be the case now.

The news probably does not come as much of a shock for Bearcats fans, who wondered all along whether he would make it to campus. The 6-foot-2, 185-pound three-star receiver out of LaSalle High in Cincinnati is a big, possession-type receiver who would fit in well with the offense. But the Bearcats do have some other talented receivers coming in, including Alex Chisum, Chris Moore, Max Morrison and early enrollee Shaq Washington.

Alston, a 6-3, 215-pound two-star outside linebacker out of Norcross, Ga., would certainly add depth at the linebacker spot. But with Nick Temple and Dwight Jackson coming into school early, the Bearcats should still be in shape.

At this point, it is unclear whether Coleman or Alston will be playing for the Bearcats this season. We will have to stay tuned. Cincinnati opens fall practice Aug. 8.