Vince Marrow has made a name for himself as one of the best recruiters in college football, turning down multiple offers from top programs to stay at Kentucky with his longtime friend Mark Stoops. During an impromptu appearance on KSR today, we found out Stoops’ mother Dee deserves an assist for keeping Marrow in Lexington.
“Mainly because my buddy Mark,” Marrow said of why he’s still at Kentucky. “His mother, I’ll never forget, in 2013 when I took this job — it’s kind of hard where we’re from in Youngstown, people say mafia and stuff — but she made a threat to me and said, ‘Vince, take care of my Marky,’ and I was like, ‘Yes, ma’am.’ I never forgot about that.”
Evelyn’s threat aside, Marrow said Mitch Barnhart and Eli Capilouto’s investment in the football program has made it easy to stay in Lexington, a community he’s grown to love.
“I gotta be honest, once I came to this state, didn’t know too much about it, spent my first two years, I really got accustomed to the people here. Mitch Barnhart doesn’t get a lot of credit. I’m telling you, man, he’s a big part of it too. He’s very supportive. I really love working for him and Dr. Capilouto. This is no sell. When I started seeing these guys were sold in, it made it easy for me to stay. The last part was, recruiting all these kids, sitting in their living rooms and telling their mothers I was going to stay and come believe in something, I just would have felt bad if I had left.”
But really, shoutout to Dee.
“You gotta know Mrs. Stoops. She’s the lady.”