The Kentucky Wildcats received their 8th commitment for the 2014 class early Saturday afternoon from Ohio offensive guard Jarrett LaRubbio. LaRubbio’s commitment to the ‘Cats makes 6 Ohio natives coming to Lexington in 2014. The offense and defensive line positions will be key spots to be filled, and one of those needs was fulfilled today. With the ‘Cats landing QB Drew Barker, they had to get someone to protect him against those vicious SEC defensive schemes.
LaRubbio fits the “SEC” mold for a football player, standing at 6’5” 280 lbs. He is ranked the 19th best at his position by Rivals, 26th best prospect in Ohio, and was courted by an impressive list of schools. The ‘Cats beat out the likes of North Carolina State, Pittsburgh, Louisville, Wisconsin, Nebraska, North Carolina, Washington, Maryland, Georgia Tech, and Arizona State to land LaRubbio’s services. Offensive line coach John Shlarman and tight ends coach Vince Marrow were “really fired up” to land this commitment. Marrow is credited as the primary recruiter and was a huge factor in landing LaRubbio during his official visit to Lexington.
(L to R, TE coach Vince Marrow, Jarrett LaRubbio, Mark Stoops, OL coach John Shlarman)
“There’s a really special thing happening there,” LaRubbio said. “It’s going to be a great program to be a part of it, and that’s why so many kids are interested in it from Ohio.”
LaRubbio decided to join Stoops and UK during their rebuilding efforts to start a new tradition and play some great football. He also noted that playing in the SEC is a factor in landing so many Ohio recruits. LaRubbio says the opportunity to play close to home and to play in the best conference in the nation is a good option for Ohio kids. LaRubbio’s hometown is only a 2-hour drive away from Lexington.