Vince Marrow explains why he stayed at UK: "I love it here."

07/26/2015 03:16 PM

LEXINGTON — Now entering his third year at the University of Kentucky, football recruiting coordinator Vince Marrow has helped Mark Stoops land three consecutive top-35 recruiting classes, including what is currently the No. 13 overall class for 2016.

But possibly the greatest commitment Marrow has secured at UK was his own this season — thanks to the help of his Youngstown, Ohio, buddy, Mark Stoops.

I will say this,” Marrow said at Kentucky’s annual Kickoff Luncheon in Lexington on Friday. “It is hard to negotiate when you grew up with a guy.”

After filling the head coaching vacancy at the University of Michigan, Jim Harbaugh aggressively courted Marrow during the off-season to help him battle rival Urban Meyer and Ohio State for the top recruits in Ohio.

And who could blame him?

Marrow, who is also Kentucky’s tight ends coach, has landed 23 players from the Buckeye State since 2013.

But in the end, Marrow chose to spurn Big Blue to stay with Big Blue Nation and has added another whopping 13 commitments from the state of Ohio for the 2016 class.

“It was hard; it was real hard,” Marrow said, “but I really believe in our leadership. I just felt good about this place and I wouldn’t rather be anywhere else. We have great leadership, from the president on down … It was easy for me. I wanted to be here, and I love it here.”

Click below to watch Marrow’s full comments from Friday’s Kickoff Luncheon, including why he’s excited to see his recruits on the field this fall.


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