Sources close to UK assistant coach Vince Marrow confirmed Sunday night that the Cats’ tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator has turned down an offer for a position on the staff of new Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh and remain with Mark Stoops in Lexington.
UK officials have yet to confirm the news, first reported by Kentucky Sports Radio, but are expected to do so in the early part of this week. Sources say Marrow will receive a hefty raise as incentive for returning to the Cats.
Widely recognized as Stoops’ recruiting “ace,” Marrow has been responsible for signing many of the top-rated prospects in UK’s impressive recruiting classes the last three years. He’s been particularly strong in his native Ohio, where he landed talent such as Mikel Horton, Dorian Baker, Darius West, Mike Edwards, Thaddeus Snodgrass, Dorian Hendrix, Josh Krok and Tymere Dubose, all part of the Cats’ unprecedented No. 21 national class in 2014.
Kentucky currently has 18 verbal commitments in the Class of 2015 and ranks No. 27 nationally by Scout. Retaining Marrow is expected to bolster that group, which has several highly-regarded targets still in play. One of the biggest is elite Berea (Ky.) Madison Southern running back Damien Harris, who is expected to choose between UK, Alabama and Ohio State on Jan. 9.
It's been a busy off-season for Stoops, who hired Shannon Dawson from West Virginia to fill the offensive coordinator's position vacated by Neal Brown, and battled to keep his close friend and top recruiter at UK. He's still got at least one more staff situation to address as the safeties/special teams assistant job remains open since Craig Naivar took a position at the University of Houston.