It’s been exactly two weeks since Kentucky Football last received a commitment, but that could very well change by the time the weekend rolls around.
Alex Afari, a 6-foot-2, 195-pound cornerback out of Lakota West High School up in West Chester, OH, is expected to make his college decision this Friday, May 7. He dropped a list of his top six schools back in February with the likes of Indiana, Iowa State, Virginia, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, and Kentucky making the cut. Josh Helmholdt of Rivals recently reported that Afari will pick from a group of three finalists: Cincinnati, Indiana, and the ‘Cats.
Committing May 7th ??
— Alex Afari (@AlexAfari8) April 9, 2021
Tabbed as a three-star prospect by 247 Sports, Afari is on the cusp of earning that fourth-star from the popular recruiting service. He is currently ranked as the No. 362 player from the class of 2022 and a top 15 player from the pipeline state of Ohio. Over at Rivals, they have already gifted Afari with four-star status, slotting him as the No. 13 overall player from Ohio.
Landing Afari would be a major grab for Kentucky, and it would continue the connection between the program and Lakota West High School, which has already produced two former Wildcats in John Conner and George Asafo-Adjei. Afari’s potential addition to the 2022 recruiting class would make him the fifth-best player–in terms of his ranking–among the already impressive group that features Kiyaunta Goodwin, Grant Bingham, and the Wade twins.
As of this post, Afari is being projected as a future Wildcat–and there’s a consensus around that feeling. 247 Sports has two Crystal Ball picks logged in favor of Afari to Kentucky, both coming since the end of March with high confidence, while Rivals has all seven FutureCast selections indicating Afari will land in Lexington. All seven of those picks have come since the middle of March, as well.
Kentucky’s 2022 class is currently ranked by 247 Sports as the 12th best in the country, but a verbal commitment from Afari would boost the ‘Cats up to No. 10 overall, leapfrogging Mississippi State and Florida State in the process.
Let’s hope we can break out the dice this Friday.