By Joe Scalzo
Kentucky tight ends coach Vince Marrow snared a verbal commitment from Youngstown Christian junior defensive end Tymere Dubose this weekend.
Turns out, he’s only the second-best recruiter in the family.
Dubose (6-foot-5, 255 pounds), who became the first Eagle to earn a FBS football scholarship, stopped playing football in middle school in favor of basketball.
Then YCS coach Brian Marrow stepped in last year.
“I told him, ‘With the way you move, if you put a [football] uniform on, you may get a [college] offer,’” said Brian Marrow, Vince’s brother. “He had a pretty good season but with his size and his athletic ability, he’s got a huge upside. He’s still pretty raw.”
Vince Marrow is a Cardinal Mooney High graduate, as is Kentucky’s new head coach, Mark Stoops. That Valley connection helped persuade Dubose to choose the Wildcats over offers from schools such as Michigan State, West Virginia and Pitt. Several other schools, including Ohio State, Michigan, Oregon and Penn State, ramped up their interest in recent weeks.
“I really liked the coaching staff and when I went there, it just felt like home for me,” said Dubose. “I really wasn’t expecting to have this many offers, especially this year. I thought maybe after my senior year it could happen.”
Stoops, who was Florida’s State’s defensive coordinator last season, has now gotten commitments from three Valley players. Mooney senior cornerback Marcus McWilson signed with the Wildcats in February and former Mooney RB Braylon Heard will transfer to Kentucky from Nebraska.
Dubose said he felt fortunate to become YCS’s first FBS recruit — “Most people here don’t get that, so it’s big” — and Brian Marrow believes it’s a sign the program is developing. The Eagles advanced to the Division VI regional final last season — the best showing in school history.
“This is huge for the kids to see,” Marrow said. “It shows them they can play in Division VI and if they take care of business and have their grades together, this is possible.”