Last night, the UK Football coaching staff was dealt a blow when 2017 WR/CB Russ Yeast decommitted. Coming on the heels of Mac Jones’ decommitment last week, the announcement was discouraging, especially since Yeast is a legacy recruit. On this morning’s show, recruiting coordinator Vince Marrow was asked how the staff deals with decommitments, and while he was unable to speak about specific recruits, he gave a pretty interesting answer.
“I think kids, sometimes they commit, they come to a school, they commit, they fall in love with the coaching staff, the university, and then they go back home and that’s what their choice is, but then, in this time and day, you get a lot of people in the guys’ ears, whether they got relatives that went to Michigan or cousins at Michigan State, and they way we’ve been recruiting in Toledo, which is a Big 10 area, we’ve took a lot — I don’t know the number of kids we took out of Ohio — now, we start to get bombarded from a lot of other schools just teaming in on us.”
“I tell kids, if they’re unsure — and this actually comes from Coach Stoops — if they’re unsure, then don’t commit. But when they actually committed to us and they start wavering a little bit, instead of going and visiting all these schools and have our name attached to it, you probably need to decommit because that’s something Coach Stoops won’t stand for.”
Marrow pointed out that just because kids decommit doesn’t mean they won’t eventually recommit, using defensive end Denzil Ware and safety Marcus Walker as examples of players who backed off their commitments but changed their minds in the end.
“A lot of these kids that decommitted, we are still one or two on their list,” Marrow said. “You’ve just got to let them go, find and see if other schools can match what we match and the relationships they have with our staff, and some of them come back.”
Wide receivers coach Lamar Thomas said he tries to keep in mind his experiences as a star recruit back in the day before he went to Miami.
“These kids are making lifelong decisions. This is the first big decision of their lives, and you can’t fault them for that,” Thomas said. “All I say as a coach, all we should do, is wish them good luck because it’s their decision.”
Really good stuff here from Marrow and Thomas starting around the 24-minute mark: