• position Defensive End
  • height 6-4
  • Weight 287
  • class Sophomore
  • Hometown Lagos, Nigeria
  • High school McDougle Technical Institute (Pompano Beach, Fla.)

2021 – r-Freshman

  • Saw action in three games vs. ULM, Louisville and Iowa
  • Got a career-high two tackles, including 1.0 tackle for loss vs. the Cards
  • Moved to defensive end from outside linebacker

2020 – Freshman

  • Redshirt season as an outside linebacker
  • Mid-year enrollee in Jan. 2020
  • Moved to the defensive line after the 2020 season
  • 2020-21 First-Year SEC Academic Honor Roll

High School

  • Four-star recruit by 247Sports Composite and Rivals rankings
  • Ranked the No. 96 overall player in the class by Rivals and the No. 5 weakside defensive end
  • The No. 16 player in talent-rich state of Florida according to Rivals
  • Selected to the 2020 Under Armour All-America Game
  • Has been timed at 4.9 in the 40-yard dash
  • Had 38 total tackles, 19 tackles for loss and seven sacks as a senior at McDougle Technical Institute Preparatory
  • Coached by Norman Richards
  • Began athletic career on the basketball court and has only been playing football three years
  • Picked Kentucky over Miami, South Florida, Florida, Colorado and others

Community Cats

  • Volunteered at Brenda Cowan Elementary (2020)


  • Born in Lagos, Nigeria
  • Son of Steven Anaele
  • Began athletic career on the basketball court and has only been playing football five years
  • Named is pronounced Sam “ah-NEL-lee”
  • Majoring in pre-communication

Sam Says

  • His nickname is “Bax”
  • He chose Kentucky so he could to play football at the highest level and get a high-level education
  • Other than play in the NFL, his dream job is to work in business management/communications
  • One word to describe him on the field is “hard-nosed”
  • His hidden talent is writing
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