Kalil Branham - Football - University of Kentucky Athletics


  • position Wide Receiver
  • height 6-1
  • Weight 210
  • class Freshman
  • Hometown Columbus, Ohio
  • High school Northland

High School

  • Rated a four-star recruit by 247Sports
  • Rated a top 500 player in the class by 247Sports and the No. 10 player in state of Ohio
  • Four-year letterman in four sports – football, basketball, baseball and track & field
  • Coached by Brian Staats
  • Earned Northland’s Offensive Player of the Year award in 2019-20
  • Two-time City North champions (2017 and 2018)
  • Played quarterback out of necessity as a junior 
  • Competed in the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl in Miami on Jan. 5, 2020
  • A two-time City League track champion in the 400 meters
  • Also won the 400-meters and 4×100 regional championship in 2017
  • Three-year letter winner in baseball
  • Picked Kentucky over Michigan, Boston College, Cincinnati and others

Community Cats

  • Volunteered to pack food for God’s Pantry (2020)
  • Volunteered at the Catholic Action Center (2020)


  • Born in Columbus, Ohio
  • Son of John and Trina Branham
  • Brother, John Branham Jr., plays for Eastern Michigan, a team UK will face this season
  • Major is undeclared

Kalil Says

  • His nickname is “Kbug”
  • He chose Kentucky because it felt like home every time he visited
  • Other than play in the NFL, his dream job is to be a baker
  • His hobbies include playing music (piano, flute, recorder, saxophone) and drawing
  • His hidden talent is hearing music backwards
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