"Coach Rodriguez recently talked to me and offered me a scholarship," Kinlaw said. "It was kind of a short conversation, but he said he liked my quickness and feels I can help the team and that he would like me to get down there and check the place out, which is a possibility."
Kinlaw is looking at all of his options, but admits that one school is sticking out a bit.
"It's still early in the recruiting process and if I had to say I would give Tennessee a slight edge, but no other school sticks out," he said.
The next step in Kinlaw's recruitment is to see the schools that want him.
"My plan this spring is to try and get to as many schools as I can and then in the summer I will visit the schools I liked," he said.
"I'm not opposed to traveling anywhere in the country to go to school, but the place would really have to blow me away. If all things are equal I imagine I will stay somewhat close to home."
Kinlaw has an idea of what he's looking for in a school.
"There are a couple things I really want in a college," Kinlaw said. "First, I want to major in mechanical engineering and the school I go to has to have a good department for that.
"I also want to look at the graduation rates of the football programs because I want to go to a place that really promotes athletes getting their degree."
In addition, the football aspect of the school will be important as well.
"I want to feel a connection with the coaches," he said. "Being comfortable with the coaches and players is a huge deal to me and that's why I want to take visits to see things for myself.
"I honestly don't know where I'm going to visit, but I'm going to be sitting down soon and coming up with a list of places."