Kentucky’s top remaining target in the 2020 recruiting class broke his silence Thursday to share his National Signing Day plans. Those plans could change if Vince Marrow leaves Lexington.
Michael Drennen II, a four-star recruit from Dublin Coffman High School (Oh.), told 247’s Bill Greene he has picked a decision day, although he has not yet selected a school. It’s a two-horse race between Kentucky and USC with less than a week to go.
Ranked by Rivals as the No. 210 player in America, Drennen initially planned to take more official visits once he chose to wait and sign in February. Those plans were scrapped. Once considered a heavy-Kentucky lean, USC is making the most of uncertainty surrounding Vince Marrow’s status. Head coach Clay Helton visited the recruit in person the night after news broke that the Big Dog is up for the head coaching job at Youngstown State.
“I want to make my decision on February 5, but there might be something happening that could change things for me,” Drennen told 247. “At Kentucky, I’m reading that (assistant coach) Vince Marrow could be getting the head coaching job at Youngstown State and he and I have had a relationship since I was in the eighth grade. I’m not saying his decision will make my decision for me but I’m watching that.”
“He’s the main person I speak to at Kentucky and him leaving kind of makes me nervous a little bit,” he admitted. “He was the first coach to ever offer me a scholarship and we have stayed close. I have been to Kentucky so many times and I’m very comfortable there. I know that school better than any school that has recruited me.”
It reads as though Kentucky is the favorite to sign the plug-and-play athlete if Marrow remains in Lexington. Keeping Marrow at UK is important for a variety of reasons. Landing a player that will be billed as the heir apparent to Lynn Bowden is Exhibit A.