On National Signing Day 2020, Mark Stoops isn’t beating down doors to bring in a ton of new football recruits. Almost a dozen of them are already on campus. While awaiting the final decision from Michael Drennen (tonight at 6 p.m. ET), Stoops took some time to talk about the new guys on campus and the people that brought them to UK.
A week ago many wondered if Vince Marrow would leave Kentucky to become Youngstown State’s head football coach. Speaking for the first time since Marrow reaffirmed his commitment to UK, Stoops could not be happier to still have his righthand man.
“Always glad to have the Big Dog with me. Vince has been with me since day one. We grew up together, so I know Vince very well, know his family and know his roots, most importantly. We played ball together. He was a couple years younger than me, but he played at my high school,” Stoops said in a conversation with Rivals.
“Between he and I, we have strong contacts in Ohio. He’s done a remarkable job. He works extremely hard at recruiting and developing these relationships so it was very important to keep him. Look forward to many more years together.”
Marrow has been the lead recruiter for about 40% of Kentucky’s signees over the last seven cycles, an unprecedented number. One player he was not responsible for getting to Lexington was Sam Anaele. Ranked as a four-star prospect, not much is known about the Nigerian-born outside linebacker that played high school football in Miami. Stoops shed a little more light on the situation after spending the last month with Anaele in Lexington.
“Sam is a guy that hasn’t been in this country too long and he’s done a remarkable job,” Stoops said. “He’s really an amazing young man, an amazing talent. He’s here midterm, so he’s been on campus for about a month. He’s doing really well for us. I’m very proud of Sam and the things he’s overcome, the obstacles he’s had in his life. I just really look forward to working with him.”
Stoops praised Eddie Gran for creating the connection with Anaele. He also gave a shout out to Steve Clinkscale for his recruiting efforts in Michigan and much more in the five-minute phone conversation with Rivals.