Ohio pipeline: Stoops mining home state for talent

 Posted by at 1:49 PM on May 9, 2014
May 092014
Photo: Jonathan Palmer

Photo: Jonathan Palmer

The impressive recruiting record of UK Coach Mark Stoops in his home state of Ohio continued Friday with the commitment of four-star tight end C.J. Conrad.

That pledge came one day after UK received a commitment from three-star linebacker Jordan Jones, who attends Stoops’ alma mater, Cardinal Mooney, in Youngstown.

In all, Stoops and his coaching staff have successfully recruited 18 players from Ohio, a talent-rich state that has been almost entirely ignored by recent UK coaches. That number doesn’t include the three players originally from Ohio who have transferred to UK. One of those players — Braylon Heard — will compete for the No. 1 running back spot this season.

According to the Rivals.com rankings, seven of UK’s 16 four-star commitments under Stoops have come from Ohio. Five of UK’s 10 Rivals 250 commitments — including Conrad — have been from the Buckeye State.

Tight ends coach Vince Marrow — recently promoted to recruiting coordinator — has played a major role in each of those commitments. Marrow is also a graduate of Cardinal Mooney and has extensive ties to the state.

“He’s Mr. Ohio recruiting,” Rivals.com analyst Josh Helmholdt said. “He’s just able to walk into seemingly any high school in the state and instantly builds rapport. There aren’t many degrees of separation between him and any high school coach in the state, it seems. He just has so many connections and obviously has the charisma to be a great recruiter.”

UK’s commitments from Ohio under Mark Stoops
Player Pos Hometown Rivals star Position rank Ohio rank National rank Class
C.J. Conrad TE La Grange **** 6 8 174 2015
Jordan Jones LB Youngstown *** NR NR NR 2015
Alex Stump WR Lakewood *** NR NR NR 2015
Larry Wells OL Kenton *** NR NR NR 2015
Dorian Baker WR Cleveland **** 45 16 NR 2014
Tymere Dubose DE Youngstown *** 33 41 NR 2014
Mike Edwards S Cincinnati **** 23 13 NR 2014
Dorian Hendrix ILB Huber Heights *** 25 36 NR 2014
Mikel Horton RB West Chester **** 12 4 150 2014
Josh Krok OT Niles *** 39 24 NR 2014
Jarrett LaRubbio OG Liberty Township *** 23 28 NR 2014
Darryl Long TE Westerville *** NR 50 NR 2014
Nick Richardson OT Westerville **** 20 8 217 2014
Thaddeus Snodgrass WR Springfield *** 69 25 NR 2014
Darius West S Lima **** 18 9 219 2014
Jaleel Hytchye CB Cincinnati *** 48 36 NR 2013
Marcus McWilson S Youngstown **** 18 10 196 2013
Kyle Meadows OT West Chester *** 47 31 NR 2013



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