Mel Tucker Could Poach Recruiting Giant Vince Marrow From Kentucky

He boasts strong connections in the state of Ohio.

Will Burchfield
February 12, 2020 - 2:55 pm
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Mel Tucker's first move as Michigan State's head coach could be one of his biggest. 

Per multiple reports, Tucker has reached out to Kentucky associate head coach and recruiting coordinator Vince Marrow about joining him in East Lansing. 

Marrow, an Ohio native like Tucker, is regarded as one of the best recruiters in the country. He has strong pull in Ohio, landing several recruits over Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State in recent years. 

And Tucker isn't messing around. With Marrow set to make $625,000 this year at Kentucky, Tucker is reportedly prepared to offer him a salary in the neighborhood of $1 million. Part of Michigan State's package for Tucker was a budget of more than $6 million for his assistants. 

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It would be quite the coup for Tucker, who boasts strong ties to Ohio himself. Marrow secured Kentucky's top three recruits in both 2017 and 2019, two of its top three in 2018 and two of its top five in 2020, per 247Sports. Five of those recruits came from Ohio, four of whom had offers from both Michigan and Michigan State. 

Some of Marrow's most notable recruits include 2017 four-star DE Josh Pashcal (over Ohio State and Alabama), 2018 four-star linebacker Chris Oates (over Michigan and Ohio State), 2019 four-star S Moses Douglass (over Michigan and Alabama) and 2020 four-star OT John Young (over Ohio State and Michigan). Both Oates and Douglass came from Ohio. 

Unless Kentucky can counter Tucker's reported offer, it looks like Marrow will be bringing his recruiting skills to MSU.