Vince Marrow got us all excited by teasing some more “very interesting things” still on the way, but he also raved about the players who signed with Kentucky this morning, particularly on defense.
“First of all, this is probably the best linebacker corp we’ve signed since we’ve been here,” Marrow said on KSR. “Very talented young men. A lot of top guys in the Top 250 and three in our own state, Shawn’Kel Knight-Goff, Jared Casey, and JJ Weaver. We’re very excited about these guys, but the whole group is very, very athletic, long, physical and can run.”
Knight-Goff, Casey, and Weaver are all from Louisville, an area that’s churning out so much talent these days Mark Stoops asked Marrow to prioritize it alongside Ohio.
“I spend a lot of time in Ohio and at one point, [Stoops] said, ‘I need you to go into Louisville. We need to really make our presence there.’ Going in there, there are some real good high school coaches but man, I can tell you, there’s really good talent there. There’s probably, in Louisville, I think seven guys that could play in the SEC and we signed five out of the seven.”
Like the 2015 class that included Josh Allen, Jordan Jones, Christ Westry, and Derrick Baity, Marrow believes this class includes some players that flew under the radar.
“Yeah, no doubt. We’ve got some kids in this class, like Shawn’Kel Knight-Goff. He’s just as talented as any of the four-star linebackers, but this kid never went to camps. A lot of these kids don’t go out and get showcased because some of these kids work jobs or whatever their circumstances are.”
Because the 2015 class is on its way out, Kentucky had to make defense a priority in the 2019 class. Marrow is confident this group fits the bill.
“I’m going to love to see what these guys turn out to be,” Marrow added. “When you look at these linebackers, dude, I’m telling you, these guys are — a lot of people wanted these guys. They’re a pretty good bunch.”