While the bloodlines are strong for South Carolina prep star Rodney Kinlaw, his game is even stronger. Although the Palmetto State running back is kin to current NFL stars including Pierson Prioleau and Courtney Brown, Kinlaw has made a name for himself in South Carolina prep football, rushing for 1094 yards on 154 carries during his junior campaign. Those stats combined with a blazing 4.36 40 as timed at the Clemson camp, a bench press of 305-pounds, and a 480-pound squat has left high school opponents bruised and college coaches in awe.
In short, running back Rodney Kinlaw is one of the top three running back prospects in the state of South Carolina in the class of 2003. With his rocket speed and great instincts on the field, Kinlaw, a rising senior out of Stratford High in Goose Creek, South Carolina, has seen his recruitment amplify in the past month.
"A lot of schools are recruiting me," Kinlaw said with a laugh. "Tennessee, Notre Dame, LSU, South Carolina, Clemson, Virginia Tech," and many more. Meanwhile, Kinlaw notes that he has been presented with six offers so far in his recruitment. "Penn State, Clemson, USC, South Carolina State, Middle Tennessee, and Wake Forest have offered me," the Stratford High product noted.
When asked about for his list of favorites, Kinlaw named just three schools that stood out from the rest. "Northwestern, Clemson, and Penn State," Kinlaw said, "and that's about it [for my favorites]." While he has a top three at this point, Kinlaw has not ruled out the other schools after his services.
Kinlaw told us that he has camped at South Carolina and Clemson and really enjoyed his experience at the Clemson camp. "It's a pretty good program," Kinlaw said of the Tigers. "I like the coaching staff, but when it comes down to my decision, I'll just have to go with heart."
Meanwhile, Kinlaw said that although going to an in-state school would be beneficial, those programs do not have too much of an advantage by being nearby. "It's a benefit [to stay in-state], but not a big factor," Kinlaw said. "Like I said, I'm just going to go with my heart."
As for his plans for the summer, the prolific rusher out of South Carolina told us that he would attend Virginia Tech's football camp this weekend. "I'm going to Tech this Saturday," he noted. Kinlaw also told us that Tech's "still there" on his recruiting list. "I like the coaching staff and the campus," Kinlaw continued.
After Tech camp, Kinlaw will work in the weight room and will continue running to stay in excellent shape when high school football rolls around for the last time in his career. "I'm working on getting more big runs [during my senior season]," Kinlaw told us. "My legs were a little dead last season because of summer track, but this year I'll be ready."
Ready for the season, that is. He'll only be ready to announce his college destination when his heart's ready.
RB Rodney Kinlaw Update
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