Late Monday night Samuel Anaele officially flipped his commitment from Miami to Kentucky. You are probably already well aware that he’s a talented edge rusher. Here are a few things you may not know about Anaele.
1. One of the Highest Ranked Commits Ever
Mark Stoops has picked up a few talented recruits over the years. Only two commitments have ever been ranked higher by Rivals than Anaele, the No. 5 defensive end and No. 96 player in America. Landon Young was No. 29 overall and one of Anaele’s future teammates on the defensive line, Justin Rogers, is ranked No. 12 overall.
If you prefer the 247 Sports rankings, Anaele is the tenth-ranked defensive end and No. 160 overall in the 2020 class. Even though he’s not ranked quite as high, in the 247 Sports all-time rankings he’s the eighth-highest ranked commitment since they began charting recruiting rankings in 2000.
2. Another One for Clinkscale
Vince Marrow’s developed quite a reputation as a recruiter, but he isn’t doing it all by himself. In 2017 Eddie Gran reeled in a handful of players from South Florida. More recently, Jon Sumrall has picked up a few commitments from the South. Meanwhile, Steve Clinkscale invested heavily into Michigan. That has paid dividends over the last two classes. Marquan McCall was the highest-ranked player in the state. He came to UK with DeAndre Square, who made the SEC’s All-Freshman team in 2018. Clink brought in the biggest fish to date with Justin Rogers’ commitment, then went South Florida to convince Anaele to commit to UK. The Cats have a pair of Top 100 players in the 2020 class thanks to Coach Clink.
3. New to Football
Anaele is one of the best football players in America and he’s only played the game for three years. Born in Nigeria, he began his athletic career with a roundball on the hardwood. His career trajectory mirrors Abule Abadi-Fitzgerald, a Nigerian-born Kentucky defensive lineman who first came to Florida as a basketball player. The two posed for a picture on Anaele’s most recent visit to Lexington.
4. He’s at The Opening Finals
Last week recruits flocked to Atlanta for Rivals Five-Star Challenge. This week’s invitation only national football camp is hosted by Nike at Jerry World in Dallas. He’s the only UK commitment in attendance, but one of Lexington’s finest, Frederick Douglass rising junior wide receiver Dekel Crowdus, is making plays.
— Steve Wiltfong (@SWiltfong247) July 1, 2019
5. A Low Profile Recruit
Even though he’s one of the top-ranked players in America, Anaele has stayed out of the public eye. Interviewed only once every few months, he’s not concerned with all the hoopla that surrounds the crazy industry. A wise man once said there’s a difference between somebody who likes being a football player vs. someone who likes to play football. Anaele is the latter, determined to put in the work to become a significant contributor at the next level.