2003 Profile: RB Rodney Kinlaw

We now take a look at Stratford's Rodney Kinlaw, a standout running back prospect from the low country. Kinlaw has amazing speed and good natural instincts for a high school football player. He is also the brother of former Penn State great Courtney Brown.

Demetrius Summers won't be the only running back with his name in the headlines next season. Rodney Kinlaw (5'9,190) will be another running back that will be making a lot of noise in the Palmetto state. Kinlaw plays football for Stratford High School, and he is just now starting to get the attention he deserves.

Without question, Rodney's biggest asset is his speed. He has been timed in the 40-yard dash in under 4.4 seconds on several occasions, with his best time being 4.37. Once he gets in the secondary, its over- he'll take it the distance. In fact this past season he had a couple of long touchdown runs, one that went 95 yards. Naturally, Kinlaw is also a standout performer for the Stratford track team.

Rodney hits the hole with quickness and authority, and he has a nice range of moves that consistently help him allude defenders.

This past year, Rodney carried the football 172 times for 1094 yards and 9 touchdowns, and he also was a standout kick off returner for the Knights. As a junior, he was named to the All-Low Country team by the Post & Courier.

Kinlaw is currently hearing from a whole range of schools, including Clemson (offered), South Carolina, Penn State, Georgia, North Carolina, Georgia Tech, and Auburn. He also projects to be a full qualifier, with a 3.0 GPA.

Interestingly enough, Rodney is the brother of former Penn State great Courtney Brown, so many experts are predicting that the Nittany Lions may be the team to beat.

Rodney will likely put up bigger numbers next season as he becomes more of a focal point of Stratford's offense, and as he does, you can be sure that the offers will start piling in. He'll also have some help on the offensive line, as Billy Yates could be another top prospect to come out the Stratford program next season.

We will continue to keep you updated on Rodney Kinlaw throughout this year. However, as it stands now, he certainly has to be considered to be one of the top prospects at the running back position in the state. He doesn't have the "total package" quite like a Demetrius Summers, but he sure does have a ton of speed.

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