When Marcus Caffey committed to Purdue on January 2, he spoke joyfully and confidently about his choice. He was certain it was the place for him.
But Kentucky coach Joker Phillips kept working on him and, less than two weeks later, he broke through. Caffey, the No. 26 player in the state, switched his commitment from the Boilermakers to the Wildcats on Thursday.
“I feel like I’m pretty close to Coach Phillips and all the Kentucky coaches,” Grady’s star running back explained. “I’ve gotten to know them well during the recruiting process. Plus, a lot of guys from Atlanta go to Kentucky. It’s a place that feels more like Georgia, more like home.”
Caffey is the seventh Georgian to commit to the Wildcats and the fourth member of the AJC Fab 50. He joins M.L. King WR Demarco Robinson, Whitewater RB Josh Clemons, White County RB/LB/DB Ashely Lowry, Griffin WR Nile Daniel, Carver-Columbus DB Riyahd Jones and Lovejoy DE David Washington.
Caffey already knew Robinson and he was on his official visit with Clemons, who committed to Kentucky on Christmas.
“That was my first time meeting him,” Caffey said of his Dec. 15 official visit in Lexington. “He’s a good running back. It’s good that he’s going to be on the roster, too, because we need more than one running back.”
It appears the Wildcats got two good ones. Caffey rushed for 1,611 yards and 18 touchdowns in leading Grady to a 12-2 record this past season. Clemons established school records with 2,003 yards rushing and 25 touchdowns for the Wildcats (9-3) this past season and also established the school’s career rushing record with 3,585 yards.
With his commitment to Kentucky, Caffey also canceled an official visit to Arkansas this weekend. He said he is shutting down his recruitment at this point and plans to sign with the Wildcats on Feb. 2.
Now that he is betrothed to an SEC school, Caffey knows he’ll be competing against his teammate and best friend Damian Swann the next three or four years. He and Swann, an AJC Super 11 defensive back, have been buddies since they were 4 years old. Swann committed to Georgia last Saturday.
That means the two will literally be running into each other the next few years.
“Yeah, that’ll be interesting,” Caffey said. “He’s happy for me. But I had to talk a little trash when I told him about it.”
College Recruiting By Chip Towers