Make no mistake about it. Kentucky tight ends coach Vince Marrow has already made his impact on Mark Stoops staff. The former Nebraska coach is getting a lot of the commitment of Marcus McWilson yesterday and he will be a main force in Stoop’s recruiting in Ohio:
Safety Marcus McWilson of Cardinal Mooney HS in Youngstown Ohio, which is the same school as one Bo Pelini and the Stoops brothers (Bob, Mike, and Mark), decommitted from Nebraska after a visit to Kentucky this weekend.
His reason? I would bet it happens to be because of the relationship with McWilson and current Kentucky tight ends coach Vince Marrow who was recruiting for the Huskers as a graduate assistant while Barney Cotton was injured and could not go out on the road earlier this year.
Brandon and I have spoken about how much this relationship played into Nebraska’s recruiting. Not only did Marrow have the lead with McWilson for the Huskers, he also was the key man in the recruitment of Beau Sandland, the Number 1 ranked Junior College TE this year. Sandland decided to leave Nebraska behind and sign with Miami (FL) because of Marrow’s departure. Furthermore, it played into the decision of defensive end Antoine Miles, who literally decommitted from Nebraska after committing a week earlier from Marrow’s leaving to Kentucky.
I wonder, does Vince leaving and the fact that Mark Stoops doesn’t mind going after Cardinal Mooney kids now show that Nebraska could be in trouble in Ohio? Think about it from the view that Bo has used Mooney kids all this time in Lincoln (Tim Marlowe, Braylon Heard, Mark Pelini, and current ’13 commit Courtney Love) and now, Marrow could just walk in and use his relationship with McWilson to get him to both visit and flip.
Orlando’s Jeff Badet is still one of the top targets for Kentucky and for a while, it seemed that Badet was on the verge of committing to Kentucky. Now UCLA is in the mix and it seems that the Bruins are making a play for the Central Florida duo of Badet and Asiantii Woulard:
UCLA was on the horn this weekend, chatting up the Orlando Freedom wide receiver and then extending a scholarship offer just when Badet was about to zero in on his college decision.
“Yep, this morning when I woke up,” Badet said of receiving the UCLA offer. “It’s pretty big … to have a chance to play football in California. I’ll be going out there this weekend.”
This past weekend he had a friend and ally on the UCLA campus in Winter Park quarterback Asiantii Woulard, who was on his own official visit with the Bruins. The assumption could be made that Woulard was talking up Badet while he had the coaches’ ears out in Westwood. Woulard told Badet, however, that it was the Bruins coaching staff that was giving him an earful about Badet.
“Asiantii was out there and he kept texting me the whole weekend telling me the coaches out there kept talking about me,” Badet said of his friend, with whom he was teammates during his freshman and sophomore seasons at Freedom until Woulard transferred to Winter Park. “He said, ‘These coaches are in love with you,’ and then I got on the phone with one of the coaches and the offensive coordinator [Noel Mazzone] and the next day I had an offer.”
Keeping in the Central Florida theme, RB JoJo Kemp will be making his decision on Friday and it looks like the Stoops train may just keep on rolling.