The Ohio to Kentucky pipeline continues, thanks to Vince Marrow and his unprecedented recruiting skills. When asked by the Zanesville Times Recorder what sold him to Kentucky, Tate Leavitt credited his trust in Coach Stoops and Coach Marrow and the opportunity to play early.
“The number one thing that I’ve said from day one is that I had to go somewhere where I could play. Comfort level was number two,” said Leavitt. “I thought I had a good idea on my unofficial visit there. I sat in the car in a parking lot with my dad, my brother, and my grandpa for about 40 to 45 minutes. I said then that I really like the place, and I was only there for five hours.”
The former Sheridan HS offensive lineman also liked the connection that the coaches have to his former high school.
“Coach Marrow and Coach Stoops all played in the 1987 state championship game against Sheridan when they were at Youngstown Mooney. Coach Marrow played with (former Sheridan QB) Kevin Meger at Toldeo. You never know how things work out sometimes.”
— Dan Rieffer (@drieffer) July 19, 2015
At the SEC Media Days earlier this month, Stoops said, “You look right over to Southern Ohio and we treat that almost as in-state as well. It’s so close, it just makes sense, the quality of football that’s in Ohio makes sense so Southern Ohio is a no-brainer. As you move to Central and Northern Ohio it just makes sense. That’s where I grew up, I still have quite a few contacts and again I believe in the football there.”
The 2016 Kentucky class currently sits at #11 on 247 Sports.