Last spring Lakota West 2022 defensive back Alex Afari turned heads when college coaches made their spring visits. With a season under his belt, Afari has seen college coaches now turn their attention into recruiting him to their school.
With a handful of early offers, Afari spoke with First Star Football Report about the schools showing early interest.
“I don’t know a lot about the school,” said Afari. “But I know they are a good program and hope to go check them out this summer. I had a great conversation with Coach (Harlon) Barnett. He’s from here and he knows a lot of people I know down here.”
“I’ve not been there but Coach (C.J.) Stalker played at Lakota West,” he said. “I really want to go there and visit.”
“I don’t know a lot about them as the coaches came in and talked with me and then offered,” he said. “I’ve been talking with Coach (Bryan) Gasser and look forward to learning more about them.”
“It’s like family down there,” he said. “Every time I go there, I’m treated really well. I know a lot of the coaches and players there. George Asafo-Adjei is a family friend and he talks highly about Kentucky. Coach (Vince) Marrow really likes me and we’re cool.”
While Notre Dame hasn’t offered Afari, a visit with the Irish did open his eyes.
“The school is very nice and the coaches are cool,” he said. “I had a great time there and have talked with Coach (Mike) Elston and really like him. It was cool seeing different things about the Catholic religion and I had a chance to visit the film room where they showed us a lot of things about defensive back play.”
One person helping Afari is his older brother, David, who signed with Miami Ohio in the past recruiting class. How much has it helped to have an older brother just recently go through the recruiting process?
“I’m staying humble and my brother is supporting me a lot with this,” Afari said. “He’s helped me a lot.”
How has Afari handled everything being turned upside down with the changes from the coronavirus?
“It’s very frustrating,” he stressed. “I want to go out and visit colleges but also understand with what is going on I have to be patient. I’m staying busy running the big hills by our house, lifting and doing some drills.”
Besides the schools that have already offered. What other programs does Afari have interest in?
“I would like to hear from any school,” he said. “But schools like Cincinnati and Tennessee are schools I like. I don’t really have one school I grew up liking. I’m a fan of college football.”
You can watch Alex Afari in action from this past season in the following HUDL video.