It’s Buckeyes to Bearcats for 3 Cincinnati football players this season


One came from Elder High School’s “Pit, one from near Tampa, the other near Charlotte. All three came 109 miles from Ohio State’s “Horseshoe” to the University of Cincinnati’s intimate Nippert Stadium.

The trio of Buckeyes-turned-Bearcats are Joe Royer, Kye Stokes and Evan Pryor. All three transfers could be head-turners in the upcoming season.

Elder Panthers Luke Kandra and Joe Royer will be reunited as part of the 2024 Cincinnati Bearcats. Royer transferred from Ohio State Jan. 8. They hope to recreate this pose for the Bearcats this season.

Tight End Joe Royer

Royer was a top recruit out of Elder who in 2019 led the GCL-South with 70 catches for 1,258 yards and 15 touchdowns. He caught four passes in 14 games at Ohio State including two vs. Georgia in the 2022 College Football Playoff Semifinal. Injuries and the passing of his mother played a part in missed time.

Now some 30 pounds heavier than his Elder Panthers days Scott Satterfield is high on the 6-foot-5, 255-pound tight end.

“Joe has the potential to be one of the better tight ends in our league,” Satterfield said. “The way he can move with that size, he’s got a chance to be really special.”

Royer rejoins former Elder teammate Luke Kandra who was the first to call him after entering the portal.

“I love being back home and being part of this Bearcat team,” Royer said. “It means the world to me to come back and play for the city I grew up in and for all of my family and friends.”

Royer calls it a blessing to live right next door to his father. The family frequented Buckeye games, but now the drive is dramatically shorter. As for animosity for leaving Columbus, he hasn’t heard it and at this point wouldn’t care.

New transfers, tight end Joe Royer (left) and quarterback Brendan Sorsby could be a formidable duo in 2024.

Even in his hometown, Royer has some familiarity as…

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Publish date : 2024-04-03 16:15:36

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