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After Productive Recruiting Weekend, Vince Marrow says Loss won’t Slow UK’s Momentum

Kentucky went all in on its recruiting efforts for last Saturday’s primetime showdown against Florida.

“It was a busy weekend,” said Vince Marrow. “Had a lot of top guys in the country here. It was good. They got to see a great atmosphere. They got to see us play well. We didn’t finish, but their parents loved what they saw.”

Along with dozens of unofficial visits from 2020 commits and underclassmen, Kentucky hosted five official visitors, all of which were four-star recruits. It made Marrow and Mark Stoops’ weekend busier than normal.

“I didn’t get out of the stadium until 12:30. Then I had to go down, we have a hospitality room for the parents. I looked up and it was 2 o’clock in the morning before I went home. But you got to do it. When you’ve got that much talent on campus for official visits, you have to do that. It was very productive,” Marrow said.

In the past, official visits were taken later in the year. Teams rolled out the red carpet just before National Signing Day to make one final impression before recruits made their final decision. The early signing period has moved official visits into the regular season. Even though it makes the coaches’ lives more hectic, Marrow believes it works to debunk negative recruiting efforts from other schools.

“I want them to see that atmosphere, because sometimes schools use all that type of stuff against you, saying we don’t have a fanbase like other schools. That atmosphere Saturday — I’ve been to a lot of places, I played in a lot of Super Bowls and that was an electric atmosphere.”

Yes, Marrow did in fact play in a pair of Super Bowls for the Buffalo Bills. 

Even though Kentucky lost, the Wildcats played quite a few underclassmen. The recruits and their parents surely took notice.

“What I was very happy for and very encouraged by, we had a lot of young guys that was going to play on that stage and until we played on an SEC stage like that, I wasn’t really sure what we had. Now, I seen what we really have. You saw a lot of young guys step up. You saw what I’ve been telling you guys a long time about Ahamad Wagner. I’m very encouraged by what I saw on that stage.”

The loss may have dampened the spirits of the Big Blue Nation, but it will not steal the Cats’ recruiting momentum.

“This ain’t the old Kentucky,” Marrow said. “We’re built for this. We’re going to keep being built for this.”


Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

8 Comments for After Productive Recruiting Weekend, Vince Marrow says Loss won’t Slow UK’s Momentum

  1. cats646
    2:40 pm September 18, 2019 Permalink

    Just look at the program Stoops and Co. have built!! I can’t thank them enough for what they’ve done for our school! Yea this loss sucked, bad. But it WILL NOT slow us down!! I look at this schedule and I see 7-8 for sure wins if we play our hearts out!! Actually, fuk it, I see 9 wins. Stoops always wins his big games on the road right? Then why don’t we roll into Athens, Ga. like we own that fukin place, come out raising hell, and WHIP THOSE BULLDOGS ASSES!!! Let’s go ahead and make THIS the best season in our lifetimes!
    Why not Ky? Why not us?
    GO BIG BLUE!!!!

  2. JASUN74
    3:19 pm September 18, 2019 Permalink

    Cats646. Damn you man, you’ve got me pumped up again!!! Haha. Woooo. Let’s get some!! I love this team. As long as we play hard , and try to win every game, we’ll all be proud and happy. We can’t ask for anything more that that. Id let them take your pinky toe, to go undefeated though. Lmao. You have a good one my brother.
    Go Cats!

    • cats646
      4:45 pm September 18, 2019 Permalink

      You know what, I would honestly contemplate giving up my pinky toe for an undefeated season lol.

    • satcheluk
      10:21 pm September 18, 2019 Permalink

      I’ll one up you. I’ll give up a nut. I’m done having kids anyway.

    • 4everUKblue
      5:19 pm September 18, 2019 Permalink

      Wow 646 that’s crazy talk. I nominate you for BBN fan of the month.

    • cats646
      9:22 pm September 18, 2019 Permalink

      Aye! I gladly accept lol

  3. Slam242424
    3:40 pm September 18, 2019 Permalink

    We got this!!!! And our true fans are built for this. If you can’t handle the game then get off the damn field! I’m stoked for this MSU game. Let’s get it on!

  4. notFromhere
    6:59 pm September 18, 2019 Permalink

    Didnt dampen my spirits and can’t. I know what we have and where we’re going with this staff. No one else i want running the program.

    Still want us to keep the playbook open, no matter if it’s 10 yards to go or inches.

    Go Cats!