As Kentucky prepares to start Spring Practice this Monday, Vince Marrow likes how the 2018 football team is coming together.
The Wildcats lead recruiter, NFL liaison and tight ends coach joined Kentucky Roll Call this morning and provided an update on his star tight end. C.J. Conrad missed the final two games of the season with a broken foot. Marrow said Conrad’s rehabilitation is coming along nicely.
“His rehab is coming along very well. You kind of got to slow him down because he’s going to try to get out there and do things,” Marrow said.
Conrad is ahead of schedule, but Marrow doesn’t need to see him on the field this spring.
“C.J. is battle tested. I don’t need C.J. out there. C.J. has started since he was a freshman. If he comes and plays in the spring, that’ll be a bonus, but I don’t see him going in the spring. He’s probably going to be ready, 110 percent in June or May. The time-table on him is very good. C.J.’s got a lot of games under his belt and has made a lot of plays here. Usually the spring is for guys who need the experience.”
Marrow’s tight end room has picked up a pair of talented recruits, Brenden Bates and Keaton Upshaw, who he expects will be ready to play right away when they arrive on campus this fall. The good news is that Kentucky doesn’t need a ton of new guys to play immediately.
When asked how good he thinks the 2018 team will be this fall, Marrow gave an honest response.
“I see all these other schools in our league. I think you guys know I say it like it is. I’ve seen all these other schools get pub, schools that we beat. People are saying they’re gonna be here in the SEC, they’re going to do this in the SEC. We got all these guys that came back. We only lost really three guys, and some of the guys that may replace them may be just as good….We have been building and we know this team can be a real, real, really good team. It’s gonna come down to what our quarterback does.”
He added, “I really do like where we’re going to be, and it’s going to be interesting to see.”
Marrow hit on a variety of topics in the 15-minute interview. He talked about the recruitment of Terry Wilson, branching out into new recruiting territory and if the type of scandal affecting college basketball could come to college football.
Most importantly, he brought jokes. There’s speculation Stephen Johnson may join the athletic department in some capacity this fall. Marrow could not confirm that news, but said, “If any one of my daughters brought him home, I would be very glad.”
He also took the opportunity to bust my chops.
“I know I recruit in Ohio, but I hear you’ve been up in Ohio recruiting too.” Which is true, because my fiancee is from the Buckeye state. “I might have to take you with me the next time I go recruiting. You’re that good now.”
Hear the entire interview with Marrow from this morning’s show, beginning at the 46-minute mark.
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