By LARRY VAUGHT
After Kentucky won at Louisville in 2016 when the Cardinals had Heisman Trophy quarterback Lamar Jackson, recruiting coordinator Vince Marrow knew the program had more clout with recruits.
“I felt like I was doing a pretty good job recruiting but that Louisville game gave you a foundation of what we could be. I go in with a swag the way I recruit but then I went in with even more confidence now that it was on paper what we did,” said Marrow.
The swag grew some more when Kentucky won 10 games, including a Citrus Bowl victory over Penn State, last season. Marrow said beating Penn State probably “doubled” the impact the Louisville win did.
“We recruit up north and we had to beat one of those Big Ten schools whether it was Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Penn State. When we beat them, we always had a strong spot in Ohio but beating Penn State made us even more secure because the logo of Penn State in Ohio and Pennsylvania and Maryland is very powerful,” Marrow said.
“It has been good but no matter where I go now the credibility of what we did and who we are is evident.”