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Early Attention from Vince Marrow Helped UK Sign All-American Darian Kinnard


Vince Marrow has earned a reputation for having an excellent eye for talent.  In Darian Kinnard’s case, Marrow was able to sign an elite offensive tackle talent because he saw excellence well before other program’s took notice.

“When I first started getting recruited, Coach Marrow was like my second offer.  I was not even ranked at all,” Kinnard told T.J. Walker and I on Kentucky Roll Call.  “It was really shocking to get such a big offer and not be a ranked player, but he saw something that a lot of people didn’t see.  After Coach Marrow offered me a lot of offers started rolling in.”

Fresh off a performance at the U.S. Army All-American Game, the 6’7″ 340-pounder from St. Ignatius High School, a national football powerhouse in Cleveland, shared how he became a Kentucky signee.  He committed to Kentucky very early in the recruiting process.  Even though many other schools tried to persuade him away from UK, Kinnard refused to rescind his word.

“After I committed early, I kind of had doubts, but in the end I feel like it’s going to be a great opportunity for me.  It’s something that you can’t just change.  Once you have my word, I stay to my word.  It’s going to be a great opportunity.  Usually the best things in life are on the other side of fear, and I kind had some fears since I signed early, but I have a feeling it’s going to be the best place for me.”

If you listen to the entire interview below, you’ll hear Kinnard talk about his experience with the basketball team as an official visitor, why he moved from Tennessee to Cleveland, what he looks forward to at UK and much more.

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Article written by Nick Roush

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

6 Comments for Early Attention from Vince Marrow Helped UK Sign All-American Darian Kinnard

  1. Cletis75
    4:42 pm January 12, 2018 Permalink

    Really like this Cat already. Loyalty is big with me, as is honesty. He has both. I would like to thank you Darian and your family, for restoring my faith that some parents still instill great values in their kids. Welcome aboard, and I hope you become famous for your values and great play. Bless you young man.

    • callitlikeiseeit
      6:53 pm January 12, 2018 Permalink

      agree and well said, wish more people would remember your word should be truth. Mr. Williams or Mr. Jones among several others hope you can learn from this young man. However we should remember coaches lie to recruits all the time, not saying Stoops does but how many times we heard a coach say “I’m not leaving” then 3 days later accepts another job.

    • Bobbum Man
      7:22 pm January 12, 2018 Permalink

      Liked that he wasn’t afraid to admit he had fear and maybe even second doubts but even then knew he needed to stick to his word, definitely got a high character kid here and seems like we got a heck of a football player too

  2. BowieWithaTurpin
    5:32 pm January 12, 2018 Permalink

    Good interview, can tell when the young man felt more relaxed towards the end. Seems like a quality kid, glad to have him in BBN.

  3. Rembrandt
    8:42 pm January 12, 2018 Permalink

    With arrivals of Price, Watkins, and Kinnard, the future OT situation is getting better fast.

  4. Welcome to the BBN Darian!