Kentucky is in great shape for one of the nation’s top pass rushers.
Samuel Anaele first committed to Miami 18 months ago. Throughout the Hurricanes’ coaching change, the elite recruit kept his pledge to his hometown team. Even so, he visited other schools.
Anaele followed up an unofficial visit to Lexington in the spring with an official visit to Kentucky in June. From the outset, UK appeared to gain momentum following the visits without any significant change in his status, until last week.
Sunday afternoon at The Opening Finals Anaele told 247 Sports he decommitted from Miami last Thursday. The Canes’ 12th decommitment in the 2020 class, Anaele said he will still consider Miami.
Shortly after the news broke, most recruiting prognosticators predicted Kentucky would be the ultimate landing spot for Anaele. Auburn will also be in the mix, but UK is the only school Anaele has officially visited thus far.
Predicting a decision timetable for a prospect that has been quiet throughout his recruitment is difficult. He’s kept a low profile on the recruiting trail, but he’s a high profile player. Ranked by Rivals as the No. 5 defensive end in America and No. 96 player overall, if Anaele commits to UK he would be the second highest-ranked player in the Cats’ class, behind only Justin Rogers. The Nigerian-born athlete is already Josh Allen-sized and is prepared to make a comparable impact at the next level.