The Kentucky Wildcats got their latest man on Monday when West Bloomfield (Michigan) High School standout Maxwell Hairston committed to the Wildcats’ football program.
By Steve Wright
The 6-foot-1, 175-pounder is a cornerback who is ranked as the No. 1,467 prospect in the nation by the 247Sports Composite Rankings system. The 3-star prospect is the No. 129 cornerback in the class and the No. 39 class of 2021 player in the state of Michigan according to the same rankings.
Hairston had offers from the likes of Minnesota, Purdue, and Washington State, but despite heavy interest from the Big Ten schools in his backyard, the defensive back is heading south and into the SEC. It is expected that Hairston will receive a significant bump to his rating as part of an overall refresh next month and he is a big pledge for Kentucky to receive given that at this time they only have one other CB in their 2021 class.
Maxwell Hairston Scouting Report
Hairston is obviously a player that needs to add weight to his frame, but that is something that can be said for the vast majority of players coming out of high school. His length is a huge asset already and he has better than average ball skills when he needs to locate a pass in the air to defend it. He is also excellent at providing cover support with this athleticism as a play develops.
Maxwell Hairston’s speed is obvious in his clips as players trying to beat him down the field are not able to create space. This allows the CB to be in position to knock the ball away as he has excellent closing speed in the last couple of steps before a play would be made by a wide receiver. Added weight will allow Hairston to be a more effective run defender, taking on and beating blocks instead of working around them. The willingness to hit, however, is not questioned as you can see by the number of tackles he makes in this video.