Vince Marrow Was Crucial In Kentucky’s Recruiting Success

Vince Marrow Sticking Around

Coach Cal being the subject of coaching rumors at the end of a Kentucky basketball season (and they’re cranking up once again) is something that we’ve all grown accustomed to. The Vince Marrow rumors were definitely something new.

When Bo Pelini resigned as Youngstown State head coach to become LSU’s defensive coordinator, Youngstown native and Kentucky tight ends coach Vince Marrow was one of the candidates that was on their radar.

He has aspirations of being a head coach. There was an opening at his hometown university. Big Blue Nation held its collective breath.

There was a collective exhale from the Bluegrass State. Vince Marrow has put in work no matter what part of the country that he’s been asked to recruit.

The bulk of Kentucky’s class was brought in on the early signing day. But there was one more that they were definitely waiting on once the calendar flipped to February.

Mike Drennen

They were waiting on 4* running back Mike Drennen and yesterday the wait came to an end.

Drennen is a Lynn Bowden type and he picked the Cats over USC. I’m not going to say he’s the next Lynn Bowden because he deserves to come in and find his way without that type of burden being put on him right off the bat. Kentucky was in on Drennen years ago and kept the relationship strong. Who was the coach that continued to stay in contact? Yep, Vince Marrow.

When Marrow was mulling over the Youngstown State situation, Drennen took a step back and said that he would wait to make his decision based on what Marrow did. He also cited Kentucky’s tradition as another factor in his decision.

Yes, tradition. He said that on Kentucky Sports Radio this morning. Once you think about it, it becomes understandable. Vanderbilt was a SIAA/SoCon/SEC power from the late 1890’s to the 1930’s but all that tradition is lost on me. It’s easy to see why a kid born after Y2K would be more familiar with Benny Snell and Lynn Bowden than Marcus Allen, O.J. Simpson, Ronnie Lott and even Carson Palmer, Troy Polamalu, Reggie Bush and Matt Leinart.

This is all just another testament to the impact of Vince Marrow. The excitement for Drennen and the impact his versatility can bring to the offense is growing by the day.

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