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5 Things to Know About Samuel Anaele

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.

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.


Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

4 Comments for 5 Things to Know About Samuel Anaele

  1. oruacat2
    12:40 pm July 2, 2019 Permalink

    So, over the span of a few days, a UK commit flipped to the U AND a different U of Miami commit flipped to Kentucky?

    • KyZoneBlitz
      1:53 pm July 2, 2019 Permalink

      Not quite, he committed from Miami, then committed to UK, and there are rumors from all the Miami fans that he has major eligibility concerned, but on the night he committed, he was talking to coach Stoops after 10pm. If the staff is confident enough to take his commitment in a class where spots are short, then I’m not worried either. Also, we lost a commit to Florida, not miami…

    • oruacat2
      2:09 pm July 2, 2019 Permalink

      Romello Height LB, changed his mind about UK and decided on Miami.

    • mashburnfan1
      2:48 pm July 2, 2019 Permalink

      Romello was never a UK commit, he just picked The U over UK, for now….