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Question: What impact does the game-day atmosphere at Commonwealth Stadium have on recruiting?
Vince Marrow: “It don’t get no better than it was against Louisville. We had probably over 70 major, big-time recruits between the 2014, 2015 and 2016 classes with their parents. You see all these other schools using that crap that Kentucky fans don’t come out. Spring game, now this game against Louisville. The fans of Kentucky football speak for themselves.”
Question: Does that atmosphere impress recruits or their parents more?
Vince Marrow: “I think it sells the parents. They see the atmosphere. It sells that they are closer to home and you can go get this atmosphere and this type of experience here.
“But it also sells the players. I am always putting myself in position of the players and I am saying, ‘I see the Cat Walk, and fans know our recruits.’ I am going to be honest with you. This is no different — and I was in Nebrask for three years — but this is no different than Nebraska for fan support.
“I don’t know what happened here last year or the year before. I just know what I see. Over 50,000 at spring game, and then seeing this Louisville game. And even when we went to Nashville (to play Western Kentucky), the fans traveled down there.
“It is here. All we ask is that the fans show up. I think they have to appreciate what we put out there, and it is going to get better.”