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The family feeling and ties to Ohio led 4-star RB Marquise Davis to choose Kentucky

Marquise DavisThe commitment to Kentucky came as a shock to almost everyone, especially given the timing of the announcement. The Wildcats were always in the running and Davis even visited Lexington several times in April, but Michigan was still considered the favorite. Between On3, 247Sports and Rivals, six different reporters recorded decisions in favor of the Wolverines since April 23.

But just over a week later, Davis chose Kentucky. Why? The relationship he developed with assistant head coach Vince Marrow – an Ohio native like himself – and the familial connection he felt to Mark Stoops' program.

“It just felt like home. The personal point of view, everyone was really friendly, showed me the most love. “They’re all from Ohio, so why not?” Davis said Wednesday morning after choosing UK from KSR. “I wanted to be with someone I could trust.

It's been almost two years since Davis was recruited to Kentucky. Marrow extended him an offer in June 2022, his fifth from a Division I school and first from the SEC. Ohio State stepped in with an offer in January 2023 before Michigan did the same in May 2023.

But all of those Ohio connections — not just Marrow, but a large portion of UK's staff are from Ohio, especially Youngstown — worked in the Wildcats' favor. Davis is applying to Cleveland (OH) Heights High School.

Looking ahead, Davis has three official visits scheduled. His trip to Kentucky is scheduled for the weekend of June 14th. He also has visits to Michigan (June 7) and Tennessee (June 21). It remains to be seen whether he can get away with these two.

Regardless, Davis is committed to Kentucky. He was ranked as a four-star player and the No. 183 overall prospect in the 2025 class by On3 Industry Rankings, automatically making him the highest-rated running back in the Stoops era.

“I would say my speed has a big impact on the way I play,” Davis said. “I weigh about 100 kilograms and can move as if I were 70 kilograms.”

Kentucky currently has up to six commitments in the 2025 recruiting cycle. Four of the six are from Ohio and the other two are from Pennsylvania. This group ranks 27th nationally.

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