That recruiting momentum continued Monday with the announcement that four-star safety Marcus McWilson has pledged to the Wildcats. McWilson, from Youngstown Cardinal Mooney, took an official visit to Kentucky this past weekend, and immediately decommitted from Nebraska.
"I have committed to Kentucky, and I'm very excited about it," McWilson stated Monday afternoon. "Once I visited there the comfortability factor was so high for me, and I just loved it there. The coaches were great and the school so great, that it just opened me eyes that it was the right place for me."
"Of course, I have to mention the fans," he added. "The Kentucky fans were amazing and they're absolutely the best fans I've ever been around."
Stoops has surrounded himself with a great coaching staff, including assistant coach Vince Marrow who recently joined the Wildcat program after previously coaching at Nebraska.
"Coach Marrow played a part in my decision, but it wasn't the main reason," he explained. "In the end it was my decision to be where I wanted to be. I just wanted to be happy at the school I attended, and the entire coaching staff made me feel comfortable, especially Coach Marrow and Coach Stoops."
The distance from Youngstown also played a part in his decision, as it will now be easier for his family to see him play.
"It definitely is an upside in this decision, and it will be a lot better for my family," he admitted. "The distance will be a lot shorter for my mom and dad, so that certainly played a part."
McWilson, 6-foot-1, 195-pounds, should be able to make his mark right off the bat at Kentucky, and should be able to contribute immediately on special teams.
"They told me I need to come in and work hard, and to be ready to compete for a spot," McWilson stressed. "I'm going to do everything I can to get out on the field as soon as possible, and the Kentucky fans can count on that."