Kentucky has added a key player to its list of 2004 football commitments.
Fort Campbell (Ky.) safety Marcus McClinton says he plans to make his verbal commitment to the Wildcats the next time he speaks with UK recruiting coordinator Joker Phillips.
“I’m ready to make my decision,” he said. “I’ve known that was the right place for me, but I just wanted to wait for the right time.
“We need get things rolling so we can get some of these other great players like Brian Brohm and Micah Jones to come with us and start something big. I hope I can help convince them to come to Kentucky with me and Gabe. I don’t want to hold out any longer and hurt our chances of getting those guys.”
Gabriel Wallace, a fullback/linebacker at Fort Campbell and a close personal friend of McClinton, gave his commitment to the Wildcats in June.
McClinton (6-2, 200, 4.5) also had scholarship offers from Louisville, Illinois and Indiana. He was being evaluated by Auburn, Arkansas and Tennessee, among others.
He was an all-state selection as a junior after recording 109 tackles and six interceptions. He also had 821 total yards and 16 touchdowns as a receiver and running back on offense.
"He’s got great size and speed,” said Fort Campbell coach Shawn Berner. “He hits like a linebacker and covers like a corner. He’s got real nice hands and instincts for the game. Plus, he’s just a relentless kid on the football field... He’s really driven to win.”
McClinton is the seventh player to commit to Kentucky in the Class of 2004. An eighth player, Louisville Fern Creek wide receiver Mario Urrutia, made an early verbal but says he’s still keeping his options open.