One of Kentucky’s top priorities is closing in on a decision.
Omari Kelly, a class of 2022 four-star wide receiver out of Hewitt-Trussville High School (AL), is down to just three programs, according to On3’s Jeffrey Lee. The 6-foot-2, 180-pound pass-catcher is considering two in-state schools, Alabama and Auburn, along with the Kentucky Wildcats.
Kelly is a consensus four-star prospect and widely viewed as one of the top 15 rising seniors out of the talent-rich state of Alabama. He plans to make his final decision on August 19.
“I’m ready,” Kelly told Lee. “It’s between Auburn, Kentucky and Alabama.”
— Jeffrey Lee (@JLeeAULive) August 10, 2021
While the belief is that Auburn is trending for Kelly, it’s quite the feat that Kentucky is even being considered by a four-star recruit from Alabama. The Kentucky coaching staff, lead primarily by inside linebackers coach Jon Sumrall, initially extended an offer to Kelly back on August 13, 2020, a couple of months before Auburn and Alabama joined the party. All three schools gifted him with written offers on the first of August, 2021, and he took some sort of visit to all three over the summer.
As we know, pulling an Alabama kid out of his home state when he has so many high-profile suitors has proved to be a near-impossible task, but Kentucky is inching closer and closer to eventually pulling it off. Kelly would make an immediate impact if he were to choose UK, which has been the draw for him from the beginning.