Mark Stoops and Kentucky are Hitting Cleveland Glenville Hard

By Jordan Wagner on March 3, 2014 at 6:00p
Mark Stoops has eye on Ohio.

Since Tedd Ginn Sr. took over at Glenville Academy in Cleveland, they have routinely sent their top football prospects to Ohio State. Although Illinois was able to snag Cordale Scott in 2008 and USC landed highly rated lineman Aundrey Walker in 2010, but you could usually count on the Buckeyes landing at least one Tarblooder. 

Ohio State's 2014 recruiting class, featured three prospects from this important "pipeline" school. Marshon Lattimore, Erick Smith and Marcelys Jones are all considered four-star signees and many had them booked for Columbus throughout the process. Kentucky was one school that recruited the trio hard, leading some UK insiders to think the Wildcats stood a chance, but in the end, the three signed with Urban Meyer.

While the 2015 recruiting cycle is only beginning, we could be looking at a year in which Ohio State doesn't offer anyone from Glenville. Meanwhile, Mark Stoops and Kentucky continue to invade the state of Ohio and getting a foot into Glenville would be a huge boon for the team.

Matthew Draper is Glenville's top junior prospect
Matthew Draper (#17) is Glenville's top prospect.

Vince Marrow, the Wildcats' tight end coach and recruiting coordinator, has been credited for his outstanding work recruiting Ohio. Marrow, a Toledo graduate, helped Kentucky land 11 signees from Ohio in 2014. Their recruiting class was named the 22nd best class in the nation, although it was 10th in the SEC according to 247Sports. 

Let's take a look at a few junior prospects from Glenville that Kentucky is quietly hoping the Buckeyes decide not to offer.

Matthew Draper - OLB

The six-foot-two, 200-pound outside linebacker still needs to put on some weight for the next level, but he has the frame to do so. Draper is ranked a four-star by 247Sports, checking in as the nation's 17th-rated outside linebacker. 

One of the few Glenville prospects already holding BCS offers, Draper is on the Buckeyes' radar. He camped at Ohio State for Friday Night Lights and he could camp again this summer. Linebacker is always a need for OSU, but the 2015 class is absolutely loaded which hurts his chance of earning an offer from the home state power.

Ball State, Cincinnati, Kentucky, Louisville and Toledo have already extended early scholarship offers. His 247Sports "Crystal Ball" currently has six predictions of Kentucky.

Draper is a prospect that has been flying under-the-radar and his name is worth monitoring over the summer camp circuit. Early on it looks like UK is in good shape, but an offer from a bigger school could make things interesting. If Ohio State misses out on a few of their top linebacker targets, Draper could draw a closer look. 


Trevon Story - WR

Trevon Story flying under-the-radar
Trevon Story is another Glenville playmaker

Despite not having ideal size for a receiver, five-foot-eight Trevon Story has intrigued me in the few times I have saw him. He starred at corner and wide receiver for the Tarblooders, who lost in the state championship game this past season. 

Georgia Tech, Kentucky and Toledo have taken notice of the three-star prospect with the Yellow Jackets and Wildcats each offering following an impressive camp performance out of Story. While he is projected as a receiver, I was impressed with him at corner. He lacks ideal size, but he makes plays.

He might not be Ohio State-caliber prospect, but he would be a nice addition for Kentucky. Landing a pair of prospects from Glenville would be huge for Stoops and Co.


Milen Golden - LB/ATH

While Milen Golden does not hold an offer from Kentucky, his name usually comes up when discussing the top junior prospects at Glenville. Georgia Tech offered Golden after he camped there last summer. At six-foot-two and 205 pounds, Golden plays receiver and linebacker for the Tarblooders. 

Much like Draper, Milen will need to put on additional weight for college ball. He has the tools to be a successful linebacker, which is where most schools are recruiting him. Like the other two prospects, he camped at Ohio State for Friday Night Lights. 

Despite only being ranked as two-star by Scout, various other schools have taken notice of the athletic linebacker. It appears unlikely that he will be on Ohio State's future radar. 


The Buckeyes signed 22 prospects from Glenville in the last 13 cycles. It's still early, but that number may stay unchanged following Signing Day 2015. Which is just fine with Kentucky.


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otrain2416's picture

The Big Ten is pathetic at recruiting the midtier Ohio kids. Kentucky is beating the Big Ten mid-upper tier teams like PSU Sparty and Wisconsin for Ohio kids which is just sad.

We were born to love Ohio State and hate that team up north.

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Oyster's picture

Mark Dantonio would disagree. He has been winning at MSU with pretty much nothing but mid tier kids.

"Scrolling hurts my finger"

(and FitzBuck was clearly the winner)

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otrain2416's picture

I think you misread what I wrote. I said Kentucky is beating MSU for mid-tier Ohio kids like is getting them to come to Kentucky rather than Sparty. Thaddeus Snodgrass, Darius West, Nick Richardson, Tymere Dubose are all examples of mid tier Ohio kids that had offers from both, but decided to go play for Kentucky.

We were born to love Ohio State and hate that team up north.

Oyster's picture

Doing a quick count of last years roster, 25 players were from Ohio.

"Scrolling hurts my finger"

(and FitzBuck was clearly the winner)

rdubs's picture

Stoops has only been at UK for a year, so this trend has one data point.  But from all indications it looks like this year could be a second one.

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Scarlet_Lutefisk's picture

Exactly. One year does not a trend make.


route4buckeye's picture

I want these guys going to Illinois, Indiana, and Purdue. Not Kentucky. But they don't seem to care.

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teddyballgame's picture

I just think it's funny how they play up the SEC component as part of their recruitment pitch.  "Come play in the best conference...come play in the SEC".....yeah, congrats on being the SEC doormat. 

Numbers don't lie though. 

2013 Kentucky Wildcats Record:
Overall: 2-10 (0-8)
vs SEC East: 0-6
vs Top 25: 0-5

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Chief B1G Dump's picture





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Seattle Linga's picture

How'd ya git ur hanz on my family foto?

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Scarlet_Lutefisk's picture

You're bound to find some gems when you pick randomly from the Wal-Mart photo section.

BuckeyeJ's picture

Someone throw up that pic of the stuffed wildcat in the lounge at Uk! That would say it all for me. Kensucky

nburns18's picture

pretty sad that big ten schools cant compete for these guys. its like their not even trying. 

"You win with people." -Woody Hayes

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sharks's picture

So this means that Bucks fans should worry about UK scooping up guys Urban doesnt offer?  If second tier guys want to go down there and get blown out 8 times a year, who are we to begrudge them?

A man got to have a code...

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FitzBuck's picture

And here comes another year of UK fans running there mouths.  Great

Fitzbuck | Toledo - Ohio's right armpit | "A troll by any other name is still a troll".

BuckeyeRick's picture

The Kentucky staff on a recruiting trip:


Damonbuckeye's picture

Kids wanting to go to UK are going to be in for a rude awakening because if Stoops has any kind of success he gone.

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ScarletNGrey01's picture

Of course kids want to go to UK, what's the matter with you guys, they have a long and storied tradition and ... oh wait, we're talking about football.


The will to win is not as important as the will to prepare to win. -- Woody Hayes

skid21's picture

UK gets a lot of attention on this site. So an SEC bottom feeder is out recruiting some B1G schools. I'm just really bothered by the fact OSU fans are concerned in any way about UK football. How much more irrelevant can you get?

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daytonbuckeye1983's picture

I think it is more about the perception of the B1G.  If the worst team in the SEC can out recruit virtually the entire B1G, that is a huge problem.  Yes we would savage Kentucky if we ever played them, but Kentucky, 2-10 Kentucky, is competing with conference champ Sparty for recruits...and winning

GlueFingers Lavelli's picture

Forget conference affiliation, which coaching staff do you think is better for a talented prospects football career?  Enough said. UK coaches will either be horrible like every regime they have had since... I don't know the beginning of time, or they will have short lived success and bolt for a better and more stable gig.

I would love to see Mark Stoops have short term success at Kentucky minus Glenville kids and get a better offer. Perhaps replace that overpaid guy at Iowa. Brother Bob played there, just playing connect the dots.

Dustin Fox was our leading tackler as a corner.... because his guy always caught the ball.

Go1Bucks's picture

Self respecting players wouldnt consider being a doormat player.  The worst team in the B1G would be a better choice than KYlubeU

Go Bucks!

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Seattle Linga's picture

I just don't see why the upper - mid tier schools here aren't recruiting better with the talent available.

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Meaty19's picture

All Urban needs to do to keep the pipeline open is keep winning and putting his players in a position to get to the next level weather it's the NFL or graduating with a degree from THE Ohio State University. No worries here

Patriot4098's picture

I get it. Stoops is an Ohio guy. KY is fairly close. Ohio guys hate all thing from TSUN. PSU is probably looking for higher caliber, just like us. BUT how can any Ohian who knows anything about Kentucky want to give up 4 years of their life to live there. Indiana, Illinois and Purdue need to step up their game.

No. SERIOUSLY? ! Kentucky...

"Evil shenanigans!"     - Mac

Scarlet_Lutefisk's picture

Have you ever been to the campus and/or Lexington?

FROMTHE18's picture

I agree with some comments on regarding the rest of the B1G. This is far less an Ohio State problem and more so the other schools, specifically the Indiana and Purdue's, of the B1G. Glenville obviously produces solid D-1 football talent, and the fact the ones OSU chooses not to go after, at least right now, should be gobbled up by other B1G opponents. Kentucky is a joke of a football program with less success than nearly every B1G school over the last decade, its a terrible effort from the other guys in our conference. 

Furious George 27's picture

I wouldn't necessarily say its terrible effort by the rest of the conference. UK was able to sign 10+ more players than most other B1G teams this year. By #'s alone there is no way for teams like PU to come close.

Yeah, well…that’s just like, your opinion, man.

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TMac's picture

If we aren't offering this is hardly a Buckeye story, and if Hazell and/or Beckman aren't all over guys like this , well that;s just effing sad. 

ONE Not Done!

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FitzBuck's picture

I agree 100%.  Hazel should be killing it with the mid tier Ohio talent.  Beckmann has missed his chance.  He should have made Ohio more of a priority earily on but he won't be there next year.  Sad a guy that coached at UT couldn't get Ohio kids.  

Fitzbuck | Toledo - Ohio's right armpit | "A troll by any other name is still a troll".

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EvanstonBuckeye's picture

Beckman can't recruit Illinois, either, so there's that...

toad1204's picture

Another season or two of success and Stoops will move up the coaching ladder.  KY will always be a BBall school first and a Fball school second, or third behind womens basketball.

Nothing like dancing on the field in 02... 

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buckeyeboy31's picture

Ryan Timmons is all the pipeline UK needs

buckskin's picture

Stoops has probably gotten with Calipari's men and can now offer players much, much more money.  Or he has made them offers they can't refuse (Godfather style).

ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

That does say a lot about B1G programs not named Ohio State and TSUN that they're getting outrecruited by fucking Kentucky.  Unreal.  Poor effort recruiting by the other B1G schools + the SEC delusions running way out of control (come play in the SEC - yeah, for the SEC doormat that gets their asses handed to them every week by other SEC schools/Louisville/Western Kentucky).

Class of 2010.

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