ELITE FOOTBALL

Marquan McCall Headed to the SEC

By George Yarberry
EFN National Director
Published: 05/08/2017

The recruiting process is a different situation for each athlete going through it. Everyone has different tastes and preferences; socially, academically, athletically and geographically. When it comes right down to it, athletes pick schools when they are completely comfortable with the coaching staff and everything that school has to offer. If there are questions marks with a school, the athlete may scratch that college from their list. 

On Monday night, Marquan McCall from Oak Park high school (MI) was completely comfortable with his commitment to the University of Kentucky. Marquan is one of the top prospects in Midwest and is a huge pickup for the Wildcats. He is Kentucky's 7th commit and the highest rated prospect for their 2018 class. 

Over the last two years, Marquan has been one of the most sought-after recruits in the country. He is a polished offensive lineman and has all the tools physically to be an impact player in the SEC.

Marquan picked the Wildcats over Michigan State, Michigan, Penn State, Wisconsin, Tennessee, and several other Power 5 schools. With Michigan focusing their attention out of state, and Michigan State's down year and off the field issues, Kentucky made all the right moves and landed a difference maker for their program. 

Kentucky played in their first bowl game last season under Mark Stoops and finished with a 7-6 overall record. Stoops and the Wildcats got over the hump last year finishing tied for second place in the SEC Eastern Division. It has been a process for Stoops to get to where they are now, but the program is definitely headed in the right direction. A player like Mccall will be exactly what they need up front to anchor the offensive line. His commitment could also bring more top level talent into Lexington.

Kentucky's defensive back coach, Steve Clinkscale, has recruited Detroit hard over the years at a number of different schools. He knows Michigan well and also knows that Detroit is only 5 1/2 hours away from Lexington. Don't be surprised if you see a few more Michigan prospects make their way down to the Bluegrass state.