By LARRY VAUGHT
The Wildcats got confirmation Monday that Youngstown, Ohio, safety Marcus Wilson, a four-star prospect, would sign with Kentucky. He had made a verbal commitment to Nebraska almost a year ago but switched to UK partially because former Nebraska assistant Vince Marrow is now the tight ends coach at UK. Marrow and Stoops also both went to the same high school as Wilson.
Omaha.com said McWilson’s defection was a “blow” to Nebraska because McWilson “was generally considered the best prospect” at safety in Nebraska’s recruiting class.
Sporting News has McWilson ranked as the nation’s 109th best player. Brian McLaughlin wrote at sportingnews.com Monday that the 6-0, 200-pound Wilson is “clearly the best prep prospect Stoops has managed to get on board for his first recruiting class.”
He had scholarship offers from Michigan State, Louisville and West Virginia along with Nebraska.
“Coaches like that I’m an athlete that can play anywhere,” McWilson told Sporting News recently. “I can cover ground and I can also hit. I can fill holes on defense and make open tackles and any ball that goes up in the air is mine.”
Kentucky now has 17 commitments for the class of 2013, including nine since Stoops took over as head coach.