Break Down: Marcus McWilson

Break Down: Marcus McWilson

Kentucky continued their recruiting Monday, flipping the commitment of four-star safety Marcus McWilson from Nebraska to the Wildcats. What type of player is Kentucky getting with McWilson?

PROFILE: Marcus McWilson

SCHOOL: Youngstown Cardinal Mooney

POSITION: Safety

SIZE: 6-foot-1, 195-pounds

RANKING: Four-star prospect

RECRUITING: Committed to Kentucky

WHAT IS THERE TO LIKE? First off, the size/speed/athleticism combination is very impressive, and that has to be present to be considered an elite safety prospect. The 2013 safety class in Ohio was ultra-impressive and one of the best in the last decade, and McWilson checks in as one of the best. I see him as a ball-hawking free safety, but he has the frame and physicality to play strong safety in the SEC. While not being an ESPN-like, highlight reel tackler, McWilson is a sure tackler who does not miss.

WHAT ARE THE CONCERNS? Actually, there are zero concerns about McWilson that stand out as anything to worry about. He will need to add upper-body bulk to play at the next level, and he has the frame to fill out. McWilson has not been asked to play a lot of man coverage in high school, but he certainly has the hip recovery and the athletic ability to be an asset in coverage. He played closer to the line of scrimmage in high school than Kentucky will want him to, but he has the ability to play safety in the SEC once he is coached to do so.

WHAT ARE THE INTANGIBLES? McWilson played against the top competition in Ohio over his career, and that is a plus in his favor. One of his top traits is the ability to make big plays in big games, and he had a legendary playoff run in 2011. McWilson was the key to the Cardinal Mooney championship as a junior, and he made several clutch plays in both the semi-final and championship games. An excellent student in the classroom, McWilson is also a very mature individual and could be captain material as a senior at Kentucky.

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