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Three-star wide receiver: "Kentucky is the place to be"

Kentucky appears to be in good standing with a number of respected wide receiver and slot targets from the Class of 2019.

One, who hails from a familiar pipeline for the UK programs, tells Cats Illustrated that Kentucky is his favorite.

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Mayo (right) with teammate and Auburn four-star running back signee Shaun Shivers

Hollywood (Fla.) Chaminade Madonna receiver Marlin Mayo was a camp standout in Lexington last year. He earned recognition as one of Cats Illustrated's top performers at the event that he and many other South Florida prospects attended, so it wasn't surprising when Kentucky's coaching staff rewarded him with a verbal offer after the event.

Shortly after that offer, Mayo appeared prepared to make his college decision before tapping the brakes and postponing an announcement.

The 2017 high school and college football seasons passed, football programs wrapped up their 2018 recruiting classes, and now it's Mayo's turn in the spotlight, along with scores of other '19 prospects.

That camp seems like ages ago, but not much has changed in Mayo's recruitment.

Mayo said he's been hearing from other schools, "But Kentucky's where it's at."

That was his message to Cats Illustrated this week when asked for an update on his recruitment and what he's thinking about his future.

"Kentucky is the place to be," Mayo said, doubling down and leaving little to the imagination when it comes to where he'd like to end up.

Mayo made it clear last summer that he loved his short time in Lexington. He's obviously well-connected with the Chaminade Madonna trio that just signed with Kentucky earlier this month.

"Akeem (Hayes) is like my son, Marvin (Alexander) cool and laid back, Davoan (Hawkins) is one of the coolest people I know," the 2019 prospect said.

Mayo also said that UK offensive coordinator and area recruiter Eddie Gran stays in frequent contact with him.

"He talks about everything. We built a bond and we talk like every other day," Mayo said. "I'm going to visit probably after spring or I'm going to wait until the end of my senior season."