After a flying under the radar for most of his high school career Goose Creek offensive tackle Javon Kinlaw has burst onto the recruiting scene in South Carolina as a junior. The extremely gifted lineman, that is still learning the game of football after growing up on the basketball court, is receiving interest from SEC, ACC and AAC schools.
“Recruiting started pretty slow for me,” said the 6-foot-7, 265-pound Kinlaw. “After I was ranked by a recruiting website the offers started rolling in. I hear a lot from all of the schools that have offered.”
On almost every recruiting website Kinlaw is a top 20 offensive lineman in the state of South Carolina. While he is still feeling out the offensive tackle position he has tremendous upside. So much upside that schools Alabama, South Carolina, Clemson, Florida and East Carolina have all extended him offers.
The Gamecocks were declared an early favorite for Kinlaw, but he is still going to evaluate each of the schools that have offered, including ECU.
“I plan on visiting ECU sometime this offseason, I just haven’t set a date yet,” said Kinlaw. “I don’t know much about ECU, but want to learn more. I do know (redshirt freshman) nose tackle Mike Myers who goes there, he went to Goose Creek.”
If he makes it out to ECU this offseason it would be Kinlaw’s first time on campus.
From a pure athletic ability standpoint not many linemen on either side of the ball in South Carolina are more gifted than Kinlaw. With that being said, his football game is still in development.
Offensive tackle is the likely position Kinlow will have the most success at in college, although he played a lot of defensive end this year for Goose Creek. He has tremendous flexibility, length and has very good hand-eye coordination.
With basketball season picking up he will lose a bit of weight before packing it back on in muscle for his senior campaign. The main things Kinlaw will work on this offseason include speed, footwork, quickness off the ball and balance.
If Kinlaw continues to improve and exhibits more ability at the offensive tackle position next season the offers should keep rolling in. For now ECU is in his recruiting conversation and Kinlaw mentioned the Pirates may be there down the line as well.