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Mooney’s McWilson decommits from NU

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By Joe Scalzo

scalzo@vindy.com

YOUNGSTOWN

When Cardinal Mooney safety Marcus McWilson verbally committed to Nebraska midway through his junior year, he wanted to take some of the stress out of his college future.

On Sunday, he decommitted for the same reason.

McWilson, who is now leaning toward Kentucky after taking an official visit to the school this weekend, said he will take a few days before making his decision. Signing day is Feb. 6.

“This gets some stress off me,” McWilson said Sunday. “I want to sit back and look at things myself and make a decision without being tied down to one school.

“Someone is going to get hurt either way, so I’ve just tried to be straight up with the coaches about what I’m going to do.”

Mooney High graduate Vince Marrow recruited McWilson to Nebraska. Marrow, a graduate assistant for the Cornhuskers, left for Kentucky in December to become the tight ends coach under Mark Stoops.

Stoops, who was hired in December after a three-year stint as Florida State’s defensive coordinator, is also a Mooney graduate, as is Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini.

Marrow’s Kentucky pitch boiled down to two things: geography and competition. Lexington is a six-hour drive from Youngstown, compared to a 14-hour drive to Lincoln. Also, Kentucky competes in the nation’s top conference, the SEC, while Nebraska plays in the Big Ten.

“After I went to Kentucky, I realized there’s more out there than what one school has to offer,” said Marrow, who said the decision will come down to either Nebraska or Kentucky. “Now I’m going to take a couple days and talk to my coaches and my mom and dad and weigh the pros and cons and decide what the best fit is for me.

“The biggest thing is where I’ll be comfortable. They’re two teams with two great coaches.”

McWilson announced his decommitment on his Twitter account on Sunday, although he’s been hinting at the decision all weekend. (One post read “Stoops or Pelini” and another said “SEC or Big 10.”)

Not surprisingly, some Nebraska fans aren’t happy.

“I have people on Twitter saying, ‘Oh, we hate you,’ and my phone has been lighting up all day,” McWilson said. “It’s funny, these people are following me but they don’t know me.

“You have people who hate you if you don’t go to their school.”

McWilson, who helped lead the Cardinals to the Division III state title in 2011, was a first team all-Ohioan last fall. His teammate, linebacker Courtney Love, has already enrolled at Nebraska for the spring semester.

“My scholarship is still there [at Nebraska],” McWilson said. “The coaches aren’t happy about it [the decommitment] but I don’t know who would be.

“It’s dog-eat-dog out there and it comes down to business. I have to mull over everything and do what’s best for myself.”



Comments

(244 comments)

The biggest difference will be that at Nebraska, McWilson has a chance to be part of a championship contender and be part of a major bowl game every year. At Kentucky, he'll be part of a program which plays second fiddle to basketball and which is very seldom in the running for the SEC title or a signficant bowl game.

posted 1 year, 10 months ago

(11 comments)

I have to disagree ytown sports. At Kentucky he is going to get a opportunity to play right away at a program that is very serious now about making a name for itself in the SEC. If you look at some of the the other high profile athletes from Mooney that have follwed the schools roots to Nebraska, they have been lost in the shuffle. I think he is smart not to bank on one school and weigh all his options before commiting. Good Luck to him which ever path he chooses.

posted 1 year, 10 months ago

(9 comments)

I think Kentucky is a smart choice as well. Do you want to practice for 3 years to player special teams and sit the bench on defense? Or do you want to come into Kentucky and have a chance to start on D right away? Not saying he cannot start at Nebraska right away, but he probably has a much better chance to play at Kentucky.

posted 1 year, 10 months ago

(65 comments)

THIS FURTHER PROVES THAT THE COLLEGE COACHES ARE PUTTING TOO MUCH PRESSURE ON 16 AND 17 YEAR OLD STUDENTS TO MAKE DECISIONS THAT ARE BEYOND THEIR MENTAL CAPACITY.

GIVE THE YOUNG ATHLETES ROOM TO BREATHE AND TIME TO MAKE CHOICES WITHOUT BEING BADGERED. THE COACHES PREY ON THE YOUNG ATHLETES AND TREAT THEM LIKE FODDER.

posted 1 year, 10 months ago

(1364 comments)

Kentucky football is a doormat. He'd be better off at Louisville, Cincinnati, Pitt or one of the top MAC schools.

posted 1 year, 10 months ago

(345 comments)

I just saw where Braylon Heard from mooney just left Nebraska and McWilson decomitts. 2 local boys leaving the mooney brotherhood kinda looks bad. Is nebraska's head coaches sideline behavier and explosive temper the reason?

posted 1 year, 10 months ago

(86 comments)

@Y-town Sports: "The biggest difference will be that at Nebraska, McWilson has a chance to be part of a championship contender...."

In your Dreams Nebraska will never Beat out Ohio State for Championships in the Big Ten NEVER.....
Also those Mooney Kids just aren't good enough to play and that's the bottom line PERIOD!
They don't have the heart that John Simon did at Ohio State to get better.....

posted 1 year, 10 months ago


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