Former LSU running back, Ohio Mr. Football Corey Kiner transfers to UC

CINCINNATI — Corey Kiner is returning to dwelling.

The previous Louisiana State College operating again and 2021 Roger Bacon Excessive Faculty graduate introduced Monday afternoon he has dedicated to play soccer on the College of Cincinnati.

The information arrived simply hours after Kiner introduced he entered the NCAA switch portal with an intention to discover different choices inside faculty soccer. UC was the very best match for Kiner.

“I made a decision why come nearer to dwelling after I can come dwelling,” Kiner mentioned. “I believe it is a terrific alternative. I all the time appreciated dwelling. However, me leaving dwelling makes me recognize it extra to have the ability to come again and do the stuff I really like – play soccer and go to high school.”

Kiner mentioned he acquired curiosity from different faculty soccer packages together with Oregon. However, he mentioned UC is “actually dwelling” for him.

“It was lots of colleges however I needed to do it for my metropolis,” Kiner mentioned.

Kiner expects to enroll at UC in Might. He’s ending exams at LSU this month. Kiner mentioned he appreciated his time at LSU however he felt like UC was the very best vacation spot. He has Bearcats’ apparel at his dwelling in Cincinnati.

“I used to be all the time a competitor however coming all the way down to the SEC it taught me tips on how to compete on daily basis which I already did but it surely simply helped me elevate my stage of competitors,” Kiner mentioned. “I felt just like the competitors is already tremendous excessive at UC so me bringing my excessive stage of competitors up there with theirs is simply going to trigger us to rise even greater. I am prepared.”

Roger Bacon soccer coach Mike Blaut was ecstatic upon listening to the information that Kiner — the 2020 Ohio Mr. Soccer recipient — is returning dwelling. UC had been considered one of Kiner’s finalists when he verbally dedicated to LSU in Might 2020.

“When he was going by his recruiting course of, I am a Bearcat fan — I have been to a whole bunch of Bearcat video games — and we talked when he was attempting to determine the place he wished to go,” Blaut mentioned. “I mentioned, ‘Do not hearken to me however I mentioned being a Bearcat fan, UC is simply a pair miles down the highway from Bacon. I would love so that you can keep dwelling.’ I mentioned, ‘However it’s a must to chase your dream which he did.’ He wished to go play at an even bigger college like LSU, however I believe what Coach Fickell has carried out at UC has simply been incredible. It is sort of turned the script on that a little bit bit, so it is nice to have him dwelling.”

Kiner, LSU’s second-leading rusher in 2021, rushed for 324 on 79 carries and two touchdowns in 11 video games for the Tigers together with one begin in the course of the 2021 season.

“I knew Corey would go down there and compete and do effectively,” Blaut mentioned. “Sadly, the crew did not do in addition to I am certain he thought they have been going to do. He was enjoying, he was selecting up yards and he was scoring touchdowns as a real freshman which not many true freshmen play within the SEC (Southeastern Convention) so it was nice to see that.”

Kiner mentioned he was very impressed with the Bearcats’ Faculty Soccer Playoff berth in 2021 during which UC had a 13-1 document. UC returns 12 starters and is led by reigning consensus nationwide coach of the 12 months Luke Fickell.

“I believed it was nice,” Kiner mentioned of UC’s Faculty Soccer Playoff look. “I believed that it confirmed how large the town of Cincinnati can get.”

Kiner had one of the crucial memorable careers in Cincinnati-area highschool soccer historical past. He rushed for 7,130 yards at Roger Bacon and is No. 12 on the Ohio Excessive Faculty Athletic Affiliation’s all-time speeding yards checklist.

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The No. 7 operating again prospect within the class of 2021 per 247Sports, Kiner was named the Gatorade Ohio soccer participant of the 12 months in Might 2021 and Ohio Mr. Soccer in December 2020. He acquired 28 scholarship gives, verbally committing to LSU in Might 2020.

Blaut mentioned he cannot wait to see Kiner compete at Nippert Stadium for the Bearcats.

“Wherever he goes he’ll play, he’ll succeed and he’ll compete,” Blaut mentioned. “He will be among the finest gamers on the sector.”

UC opens the season at Arkansas Sept. 3.

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