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Add two more for Marrow: Pitt pair will transfer to Kentucky
From the moment he was hired as Kentucky coach last November, Mark Stoops made Ohio a top priority.
Stoops hired fellow Youngstown native Vince Marrow to coach tight ends and to help make that goal a reality, and boy has has he delivered.
The Wildcats’ 2014 recruiting class is currently ranked No. 1 by Rivals (yes, in football), and even though they probably won’t hang onto it long, that’s a pretty impressive feat.
Credit Marrow and the Ohio pipeline he’s created — eight of the Wildcats’ 18 commitments for 2014 are from the state, and he recruited them all.
You can add another pair of Ohioans to the roster (and to Marrow’s tally) as twins Demitrious and Chris Davis announced Tuesday that they will transfer to Kentucky.
Both 3-star recruits out of Austintown Fitch in 2012, the twins had more than 20 scholarship offers apiece.
They settled on Pitt, but Todd Graham bolted for Arizona State before they arrived, and after redshirting last year, both announced last month that they planned to transfer.
“We committed to a different staff, then they left. The new staff just didn’t run a style that fit us,” Demitrious Davis told Kyle Tucker of the Louisville Courier-Journal. “That’s what we signed up for when we signed to go to Pitt. Then the coaches left and we were just stuck in it. I’m real excited now.”
Demitrious, 5-10, 175 pounds, will play slot receiver or running back, while Chris 5-9, 180, is expected to play cornerback. After sitting out the 2013 season due to NCAA transfer rules, the brothers will have three years to play three.
Indiana, Baylor, Ohio State and Boise State were also possible transfer destinations, but the Ohio connection Stoops and Marrow are putting in place was too much to pass up.
All told, Marrow has now landed 11 commitments from Ohio recruits and three high-profile transfers from Ohio natives in six months with the Wildcats.
“That was a big thing,” Demitrious said. “We know Coach Stoops and Coach Marrow really well. They’re from the same area as us. (Marrow) is kind of like family to us, so we were in touch with him from Day 1 when we decided to transfer.
“He just keeps it real. He doesn’t sugarcoat anything.”
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