According to Geoff Hobson with Bengals.com, the Cincinnati Bengals have signed a college free agent deal with Indiana defensive tackle Larry Black.
Hearing that #Bengals have CFA deal with Indiana DT Larry Black— Geoff Hobson (@GeoffHobsonCin) April 28, 2013
Black confirmed that on his twitter account.
I am A Cincinnati Bengal— Larry Black Jr. (@lbj97whatsgood) April 28, 2013
Black is also a Cincinnatian.
Although he had a promising start to his career, Black hasn't taken the jump that most scouts had hoped. Nonetheless, he flashes talent to possibly warrant a draft pick if he shows more consistency as a senior.
Entering his fourth year as a starter, Black has combined for 15.5 tackles for loss over his career, but almost half of that total came in 2009 (7.5), his freshman season.
Despite not receiving an offer from Brian Kelly and his hometown Cincinnati Bearcats out of high school, he received a scholarship from Indiana, the only non-MAC team to offer him.
After redshirting in 2008, Black earned a starting job as a freshman in 2009 (12 starts) and didn't disappoint with 29 tackles and career-bests in both tackles for loss (7.5) and sacks (1.5), earning numerous All-Freshman honors. He was used as more of a defensive tackle rotation in 2010 with only four starts, but started all 12 games again as a junior last season, setting a career-high with 47 stops.