Kentucky football picked up its 15th commitment of the 2021 recruiting class this afternoon when three-star cornerback Maxwell Hairston picked the Wildcats over offers from Minnesota, Purdue, Kansas and Virginia Tech, among others.
“First and foremost, I want to start off by thanking God, because without him, none of this would be possible,” said Hairston. “Secondly, to my family. My mother, my father, my two sisters, and my older brother, the support you’ve given me when chasing my dreams drives me every single day and I love you all more than you’ll ever know. I cannot wait for our journey together to continue.
“To all the coaches … and the entire West Bloomfield football staff and faculty, I want to thank you all for taking a chance with me and believing in me. To my teammates and friends, nothing is better than sharing these moments with you. The bonds we created playing together are unbreakable and are ones I’ll never forget.
“This process has truly been unforgettable and I want to express my gratitude to every university that recruited me and offered me an opportunity to play at the next level. In the end, it came down to just seven schools, but now it’s down to only one. I’m Maxwell Hairston, [defensive back] from West Bloomfield, Michigan, and I’m officially committed to the University of Kentucky.”
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A 6-foot-1, 175-pound cornerback, the three-star prospect is considered to be the No. 38 overall player in the state of Michigan by 247Sports. As a junior, the newest Wildcat recorded two interceptions and added ten pass break-ups.
So how did Hairston end up in Lexington?
His close relationship with various members of the Kentucky coaching staff – defensive backs coach Steve Clinkscale being the key – along with his drive to be a difference-maker in the SEC.
“I picked Kentucky because of the coaching staff and the relationship we built,” Hairston said in an interview with Josh Helmholdt of Rivals.com. “Also, it is in the SEC and not too far from home. The program is really good, and I feel I can go in and make it better.”
“Coach (Steve) Clinkscale is my cornerbacks coach and he also recruits my area, so I have actually been in contact with him since I was a freshman,” Hairston continued. “Ever since then we kept in contact and he has always kept an eye on me. He finally pulled the trigger (on an offer), and that changed the game for me.”
According to Hairston, the Kentucky coaching staff prioritized him early due to his “length and athleticism” at the position.
“They like my length and athleticism at corner,” Hairston said. “They feel I am a guy that can come in and be on an island, and a cover guy they can trust to guard the best receivers day in and day out.”
Check out the newest Wildcat’s junior-year highlights below:
Welcome home, Mr. Hairston.