Cincinnati gains commitment and loses one

Lakeland (Fla.) Lake Gibson defensive lineman Anthony Green committed to Cincinnati after taking a weekend trip there with teammate Eric Carter and Orlando Boone quarterback Alton Meeks.

The 6-foot-1, 250-pound senior chose the Bearcats over Florida International, Western Kentucky and Western Michigan.

"It was a great experience and a really nice campus," Green said. "I loved the visit there and I enjoyed the opportunity to sit with the coaching staff and go over some film."

Green, who transferred to Lake Gibson from nearby Lakeland (Fla.) Kathleen during the spring, said he went to Cincinnati thinking about the possibility of committing.

"I told my coaches at Lake Gibson that committing could be a possibility and they just wanted me to think it through," Green said. "And when coach [Butch] Jones and coach [Dave] Johnson told me how much they wanted me in the program it was an easy decision to make."

Green said there are plenty of similarities between the defensive styles of Cincinnati and that of his high school. He will be brought in as an interior lineman but could also take snaps on the outside.

"Obviously the names of the plays are different and the concepts have been adjusted but the schemes are pretty similar," Green said of Cincinnati's defense. "And that's why they thought I was a good fit. They liked the way I played and the way I practiced. I play hard all the time."

Not all the news for Cincinnati was good as Carter decommitted after the trip according to Lake Gibson assistant coach Robert Whitaker.

The 5-foot-10, 175-pound senior committed to Cincinnati last month but will now re-open his recruitment and take an unofficial visit to West Virginia this weekend. Before committing to Cincinnati, Carter had said the Mountaineers were his dream school.

"There's a long story behind Eric's situation but it's true and he's going to see West Virginia this weekend," Whitaker said. "If things go well there it's possible there will be another announcement."

Carter's offers include Cincinnati, Iowa State, Purdue, Florida International and Marshall. West Virginia has not offered yet.