By Earl Heath –
The Viking Hotel in Newport, Rhode Island is one of the top notch venues in America. Earlier this year it was the setting where the Big East Football coaches and players gathered for the media day.
University of Cincinnati’s Armon Binns was dressed in a pin stripe suit, his shoes shined like there’s no tomorrow and he flashed a million dollar smile. The former Pasadena High School standout was one of the most charismatic and confident players present. The road to Cincinnati was ignited by Binns himself. After his senior season he was a bit over looked in talent rich California. He sent a DVD of highlights to the UC football office. “It was the way God worked it out,” said Binns.
“Recruiting started slow and it worked out.”
The senior wide receiver helped lead the Bearcats to a 12-0 record in 2009, the campaign in which he had 61 catches for 1191 yards and 11 touchdowns including a 68 yarder.
College football has given Binns a great experience as he has traveled around American cities like Pittsburg, PA, Louisville, KY and Syracuse, NY. He has been on stage in one of the biggest venues in the sports world playing at the Superdome in New Orleans in the 2010 Sugar Bowl.
He draws praise from his 1st year head coach Butch Jones.
“We expect Armon to have a great year,” said Jones. “He’s already made some big, big plays for us in the past. He’s held our receiving core at a very high standard. He has a tremendous work ethic.
Armon brings so much to our team, on and off the field.”
Binns has taken to the university and the city. Cincy’s football program is the fifth oldest in America having began in 1885. It began behind Rutgers (1869), Michigan (1879), Navy (1880) and Minnesota (1883).
Cincinnati is known as the Queen City. It has a lot of history.
“It’s a big city with small town values,” added Jones. “Our facilities (football) are second to none. Expectations that surround the football team are very high. You feel the passion that the whole community has.”
Binns himself would love to share his experience with others from California. Former Dodger great, Dusty Baker has the Reds in first place and is electrifying the whole town.
Binns states why So. Cal players should come to Cincy.
“We’ve got T.O. and Ochocinco. There’s plenty of entertainment and character. If you want to have fun and get a good education you should come here.”
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