Cats make late run at four-star Ohio DB

Four-star Youngstown (Ohio) Cardinal Mooney defensive back Marcus McWilson has been committed to Nebraska for almost a year now, but as national signing day rapidly approaches, the new staff at UK may get a late look from him.

Four-star Youngstown (Ohio) Cardinal Mooney defensive back Marcus McWilson has been committed to Nebraska for almost a year now, but as national signing day rapidly approaches, the new staff at Kentucky may get a late look from him.

McWilson (6-1, 195, 4.5) is rated the No. 16 safety prospect in the nation by FOX Sports and Scout. He committed to the Cornhuskers last February, but now says he is considering a late visit to Kentucky before making his final decision.

"I'm not too sure what's going to happen just yet," he said. "I guess you could say I'm mulling things over, trying to make sure I make the best decision for me.

"As of right now, I am still committed to Nebraska. I always have been. I haven't visited anywhere else. But I know coach (Vince) Marrow and I know coach (Mark) Stoops, and they've had a lot of good things to say about Kentucky. They want me to come down and take a look at what they have to offer before I make my final decision. I've been thinking lately that maybe I ended (the recruiting process) too early and that I need to at least take a look at (UK) before I sign with anybody. It's just a comfort thing for me right now."

That visit could occur this weekend. There are only three weekends remaining before national signing day on Feb. 6.

McWilson is the focal point in a tug-o-war between former players at his high school -- Nebraska coach Bo Pelini and Kentucky's Stoops, whose father, Ron, coached both in the 80s.

"Obviously, I have a really long, good relationship with coach Pelini and Nebraska's staff," McWilson said.

But one member of that staff was Marrow, who jumped on board with Stoops in December. Marrow is a strong recruiting presence in the Buckeye State.

"I like (the UK coaches) a lot. They're good guys," McWilson said. "I also like the conference they play in. The SEC gives you a chance to showcase your talents at the highest level. I know Kentucky's starting to recruit a bunch of good players now, too, so it's a pretty exciting time for them."


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