Kentucky has two potential superstars from the class of 2022 and they’ll have a chance to preview their talents in front of the entire world in a few months.
Keaten Wade, a four-star linebacker from Summit High School (TN) who committed to the Wildcats along with his twin brother Destin during the spring, announced on Friday that he has been invited to participate in the 2022 All-American Bowl Game.
Roughly 100 of the nation’s top high school seniors are selected to play in this event. Wade is ranked by On3 as the 299th best overall prospect in the country. He’ll be joined on the field by fellow Kentucky commit, five-star offensive tackle Kiyaunta Goodwin, who has been named to the West Team. Goodwin was invited all the way back in Nov. 2020.
NBC will air the All-American Bowl live on Jan. 8, 2022.
Wade is Kentucky’s second-highest commitment from the class of 2022 as of right now. His twin brother Destin is also a four-star talent and committed to play for the ‘Cats with the belief he’ll suit up at quarterback.
Labeled as the “most-watched and highest-attended high school sporting event”, the All-American Bowl has been happening annually since 2000. The 2021 version was unfortunately canceled due to COVID-19, but it’s back this year and will take place once again at the Alamodome in San Antonio, TX.
Keaten Wade and Goodwin aren’t the only players to keep an eye on for this All-American Game, though. Uncommitted four-star offensive tackle Aamil Wagner is also suiting up for the event as are two recruits committed elsewhere who are still receiving Kentucky interest: four-star offensive tackle Tegra Tshabola (Ohio State) and five-star defensive lineman Mykel Williams (Southern California).
Wagner has been trending towards Kentucky recently and currently plans to announce his college plans at the All-American Bowl, although a decision could come sooner.
The 2021 NFL Draft saw a record 46 All-American Bowl alums drafted with eight of them going in the first round, highlighted by No. 1 overall draft pick Trevor Lawrence.
If you’re interested in watching Wade’s early-season highlights (his Summit squad is 3-0 already), you can check those out below.