The Kentucky Wildcats football secondary could land another high profile recruit to its 2022 recruiting class, as West Chester (Ohio) four-star defensive back Alex Afari is set to announce his decision on May 7th.
In February, the Lakota West High School standout announced that he was down to six schools with Kentucky currently projected as the final destination over Cincinnati, Virginia, Iowa State, Indiana and Pittsburgh. The 6-foot-2, 195-pound Afari would be a nice addition for the Wildcats who already have commitments from cornerbacks Treyveon Longmore (Corbin, KY), Andre Stewart (Snellville, GA) and safety Jeremiah Caldwell (Belleville, MI).
Lakota West is a recruiting hotbed for college football programs, producing numerous big-time recruits that have included former Wildcats John Conner, one of Kentucky’s all-time best fullbacks who played five NFL seasons, and George Asafo-Adjei, a right tackle who was taken in the 7th round of the NFL draft by the New York Giants in 2019.
Afari was offered by Kentucky in January of 2020 and is very familiar with the program, especially assistant coach and recruiting coordinator Vince Marrow who he’s known since 7th grade.
“It’s like family down there,” Afari told First Star Football Report’s Dave Berk in April, 2020 of his relationship with the Kentucky football program. “Every time I go there, I’m treated really well. I know a lot of the coaches and players there. George Asafo-Adjei is a family friend and he talks highly about Kentucky. Coach (Vince) Marrow really likes me and we’re cool.”
One person helping Afari with the recruiting process is his older brother, David, a 2020 Lakota West graduate, who just completed his first college season at Miami (OH). Lakota West Head Coach Tom Bolden is also a key advisor for Afari, who recently participated in the Under Armor All-American Camp Series on April 11th in Columbus, Ohio.