Name: Marcus McWilson
Hometown: Youngstown, Ohio
Weight: 195 lbs.
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The biggest recruit for Mark Stoops to get in his first year at Kentucky may very well wind up being Youngstown (Ohio) Cardinal Mooney four-star safety Marcus McWilson. He decommitted from the Nebraska Cornhuskers following his official visit to UK, and committed shortly thereafter. With Cats lacking depth in the defensive backfield, McWilson is likely to see action as a true freshman, and it wouldn’t be a shock to see him starting by the end of the season.
McWilson is a good looking athlete who produces on both sides of the ball for his high school squad. Naturally strong, tapered athlete with room to continue filling out making safety, likely strong, or even a hybrid/Rover type role a good possibility. Most production stems from near the box as he’s an active underneath run supporter. Does a good job getting downhill quickly, fitting his gap and filling the cutback. Overall range and pursuit speed are good. Makes solid contact as a tackler with strong drag downs but needs to do a better job of breaking down and wrapping up in the open field. Shows the strength to get off blocks but would like to see him improve his read and diagnosing skills as he can be late in his reactions and reached at the 2nd level. Will also bite on play-action but can recover and is athletic and instinctive enough to hold up in underneath coverage. We do question his deep zone skills as well as man-to-man. Lacks fluid hips and smooth transitional skills. Flashes better short-range skills and is a bit of a tweener safety/linebacker making a hybrid type position the ideal fit at the college level. Needs to polish his positional skill-set and reads but there is a lot of upside here and the size, toughness and range to develop once he settles. at position in college. Would like to see him bring it all together and become more consistent as a senior.