At one time, Michigan was the leader in Marquan McCall’s recruitment. Then McCall started taking visits to Kentucky. Before long, Jim Harbaugh’s Wolverines were out of the picture and the No. 1 player in the state of Michigan committed to Kentucky.
“Michigan, I don’t know,” he told Land of 10’s Brandon Justice as he shook his head. “That was a good school. I always had my head in them. [Michigan] was definitely my No. 1 school [before the communication cut off]. But as I went on trips to Kentucky, they kept showing me more and more love. Then I committed.”
Currently the highest-ranked recruit to commit to Kentucky’s 2018 class, McCall is considered the nation’s No. 3 offensive guard and the No. 94 player overall by Rivals. McCall said Kentucky’s persistence and family atmosphere made him pull the trigger and commit.
“I took a couple visits [to Kentucky], and on my third visit, it got in my head [to commit]. Then they started treating me like family,” McCall said. “No schools were really hitting me up. Kentucky stayed on me and kept making sure that I was good. So, that’s where I went.”
Is there a chance Harbaugh could try to flip McCall and convince him to stay home?
“I haven’t heard from Michigan in … a minute,” he said. “They didn’t really talk to me, so, I guess, that was kind of it.”
He is no longer hearing from Michigan or Michigan State, but Oregon has entered the picture. McCall plans to visit Eugene this fall or summer.