The Kentucky football team is starting the weekend with a game of Yahtzee. Friday morning four-star cornerback Alex Afari announced his commitment to Kentucky, choosing the Wildcats over Purdue, Indiana and Cincinnati. A long-time UK recruit, he’s come close to the UK coaches over the years.
“The relationships with Coach Marrow, Coach Stoops, and I feel Coach Clink and Coach Stoops will develop me as a man and a football player,” Afari said on KSR, “The relationships they build with the players and how generous they are.”
The cornerback’s announcement is just a week after UK had two secondary players picked in the NFL Draft. The Wildcats have now had four defensive backs selected over the last three years, including Super Bowl Champion Mike Edwards, who once starred on the high school gridiron in Afari’s hometown of Cincinnati.
The draft selections certainly played a role in Afari’s decision. What really stood out to the talented prospect was the BBN’s support of Mark Stoops’ program. Even though recruiting visits have been off limits for the last year, he’s been to campus multiple times, including one eye-opening experience in 2018.
“My brother was being recruited by Kentucky, so I came there a lot with him. It was just the fans. I went to the Georgia-Kentucky game and the fans were amazing. I just loved it.”
Recruits love seeing Kroger Field packed on Saturdays and UK fans will love to see Afari make plays in Lexington on Saturdays in the not so distant future.