Colerain DB Deshawn Pace commits to Cincinnati football

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Colerain DB Deshawn Pace commits to Cincinnati football


Colerain DB Deshawn Pace commits to Cincinnati football


The University of Cincinnati added a fifth member to its 2020 football recruiting class on Saturday afternoon.

Colerain defensive back Deshawn Pace announced his verbal commitment to his hometown team via Twitter. Pace becomes the first Cincinnati-area player in the Bearcats’ 2020 class.

The 6-foot-3, 195-pound three-star prospect is ranked as the No. 55 player overall in Ohio’s ’20 class per’s composite rankings. The same site also ranks Pace as a top-80 safety in the country.

Pace was named first-team all-Greater Miami Conference in both his sophomore and junior seasons. This past fall he was a major part of the Cardinals’ state runner-up season. He accounted for 67 tackles (36 solo), a forced fumble, three fumble recoveries, two interceptions and a half sack.

During his sophomore season he broke onto the scene with 52 tackles (30 solo), a fumble recovery and four interceptions including a 30-yard pick-six.

Pace was named second-team all-district as a sophomore and honorable mention all-district this past season.

Deshawn is the younger brother of Ivan Pace Jr. Ivan, a Miami RedHawks signee, was named the Division I defensive player of the year this past season and was honored as the boys athlete of the year at Thursday night’s Greater Cincinnati Sports Awards.

Deshawn Pace’s commitment adds to what ranks as the top recruiting class in the American Athletic Conference.

Pace joins Xenia offensive guard Gavin Gerhardt, Lexington (KY) Frederick Douglass corner back Devin Neal and offensive tackles Kobe McAllister (Ringgold, GA) and John Williams (Bollingbrook, IL) as members of the Bearcats’ ’20 class.


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