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Kentucky recruiting coordinator Vince Marrow talked to the media on national signing day last February.
Kentucky recruiting coordinator Vince Marrow talked to the media on national signing day last February.

Big Blue Links for Tuesday:

▪ Vince Marrow loves Urban Meyer, reports Ben Roberts of the Herald-Leader. Since Meyer and Ohio State recruit nationally, that leaves good football players in Ohio for Marrow to recruit to Kentucky.

▪ Jared Lorenzen wants to get himself and others healthier, reports Jared Peck of the Herald-Leader. The former Kentucky quarterback weighs over 500 pounds and will publicly track his quest to get to a more reasonable weight.

▪ Mark Stoops adds former Tennessee defensive coordinator to his staff, reports the Herald-Leader. John Jancek was the DC at Tennessee under Butch Jones until their parting in 2015. He was a defensive backs coach at South Florida last year. He’ll serve on the support staff at UK.

▪ Adversity has not broken Darius West, writes Mark Story of the Herald-Leader. Injuries have kept the defensive back’s college career from getting off the ground.

▪ Phil Hoskins is full-go for Kentucky’s camp, reports Alex Forkner of Cats’ Pause. The junior college transfer, a defensive lineman, underwent shoulder surgeries in the off-season.

▪ Josh Allen is becoming a leader, writes Justin Rowland of Cats Illustrated. Allen jokes that he is the fastest, strongest and most humble player on Kentucky’s football team.

▪ Stephen Johnson showing confidence, writes Keith Taylor of KyForward. The senior is comfortable heading into training camp as the No. 1 quarterback.

▪ R.J. Barrett moves up a class, reports Ben Roberts of the Herald-Leader. Barrett’s star turn for Canada eliminated the USA in the FIBA World Cup this summer.

▪ Cameron Reddish includes UK in his top five, reports Joe Mussatto of SEC Country. Reddish, a 6-8 forward from Pennsylvania, played for John Calipari’s USA U19 team this summer.

▪ Louisville defensive lineman Chris Williams has been kicked off team, reports Thomas Novelly of the Courier-Journal. Williams allegedly stole from teammates. He registered 29 tackles as a reserve last year.

▪ Shaq Wiggins is learning at Tennessee, reports David Cobb of the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Wiggins started his career at Georgia before following Todd Grantham to Louisville. Wiggins is now a grad transfer for the Vols.

▪ Louisville Trinity defensive end commits to Michigan, reports Mike Lacett of WDRB. A junior, Stephen Herron has already pledged to sign with the Wolverines.

▪ Mitchell Robinson’s suspension is meaningless, writes Tim Sullivan of the Courier-Journal. Western Kentucky coach Rick Stansbury announced Monday that the heralded recruit has been suspended indefinitely. One problem. Robinson left campus last week and apparently intends to transfer.

▪ The Lady Vols logo is gone forever, says John Adams of the Knoxville News-Sentinel. Those trying to bring it back should give up.

▪ There are new details on De’Shawn Hand’s DUI arrest, reports Michael Casagrande of the Birmingham News. The Alabama defensive end was apparently sleeping in his car.

▪ Vanderbilt’s mad professor has concoted a way to score, writes Joe Rexrode of the Tennessean. Offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig got the Commodores’ offense going at the end of last season.

▪ Kirby Smart knows Georgia has to step it up, writes Jeff Schultz of the AJC. The Bulldogs were so-so in Smart’s first season as the Bulldogs’ head coach.

▪ Lorenzo Carter is chasing that championship feeling, reports Jason Butt of the Macon Telegraph. Carter emerged as a defensive leader last year for Georgia.

▪ Jake Bentley will be creative force behind South Carolina offense, writes Josh Kendall of The State. Bentley took over at quarterback for the Gamecocks near the end of last season.

▪ Will Muschamp wants to fix pass rush, reports David Cloninger of the Post and Courier. The South Carolina coach says the Gamecocks need to put more pressure on quarterbacks.

▪ Ole Miss’ defense needs to deliver, writes Parrish Alford of the NE Mississippi Daily Journal. The Rebels ranked No. 120 out of 128 FBS teams against the runs last season.

▪ Mississippi State’s Braxton Hoyett is dedicating season to his father, reports Will Sammon of the Clarion-Ledger. The defensive lineman’s father died at the age of 38.

▪ Arkansas freshmen are impressing in classes, reports Bob Holt of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. The team’s seniors like the speed of the Razorbacks’ freshmen class.

▪ Florida’s Mike White is traveling the nation in search of talent, reports Kevin Brockway of the Gainesville Sun. The Gators’ basketball coach is taking his efforts national.

▪ Missouri basketball lands 2018 commitment, reports Tod Palmer of the Kansas City Star. K.J. Santos played at UIC in Chicago last season and will transfer to the Tigers.

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