Kentucky visit impresses McWilson

Four-star Youngstown (Ohio) Cardinal Mooney defensive back Marcus McWilson says his official visit to Kentucky this weekend was an eye-opener.

Four-star Youngstown (Ohio) Cardinal Mooney defensive back Marcus McWilson says his official visit to Kentucky this weekend was an eye-opener.

"I really wasn't sure what to expect because I had been to a few other schools, but those were mostly unofficial visits for football games," McWilson said. "The only thing I really had to compare it to was Nebraska, and they're both great schools, but a little different, so it was a good experience.

"I was impressed by (UK's) academics. I really liked the campus and the stadium and the indoor track facility, too. Everything was really nice. But I'd say the people really stood out -- the players on the team, the coaches and the fans. They were all cool. The fans really showed us recruits a lot of love."

Upon returning from his visit to Lexington, McWilson posted a message on the Twitter social network that he was no longer committed to Nebraska, although he says he is still considering the Cornhuskers.

"I didn't commit to Kentucky or anything," he said. "I wanted to make that clear because there was a lot of stuff out there on Twitter that wasn't accurate.

"I didn't want to make a decision based on emotion. I wanted to come back home, sit down with my mom and dad and coach, and talk about the decision. It's two great coaches and two great schools. I just need to figure out where the best fit for me and my future is going to be."

McWilson (6-1, 195, 4.5) is rated the No. 16 safety prospect in the country by FOX Sports and Scout, but he said the UK staff feels like he is versatile enough to play multiple positions in the secondary.

"They had me with coach (Bradley Dale) Peveto and coach (Derrick) Ansley," McWilson said of the Wildcats' safeties and cornerbacks coaches. "They feel like I'm versatile enough to play either spot. That's one of the things they like most about me. They feel like I could come in and really help their defense next season.

"I exchanged numbers with those guys, and we expect to be talking more this week, continuing to build our relationship. I feel like I'm getting to know (UK's) coaches a lot better now.

McWilson said UK safety Ashely Lowery served as his host during the visit. "We hung out with a lot of different players. I got a good feeling from their guys. I felt like I fit in pretty well."

The UK staff will return to Youngstown for an in-home visit this coming week. McWilson said he may be closer to a decision by that point.

"I'm not going to rush it, but I think it will definitely come before signing day," he said.


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