Breakdown: Kentucky 4-Star Commit Darian Kinnard

Kentucky landed a huge commitment Sunday evening with the decision by four-star offensive lineman Darian Kinnard. What are the Cats getting in Kinnard?

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WHAT IS THERE TO LIKE? First off, the size sticks out with Kentucky commit Darian Kinnard. He is a legit 6-foot-7, 335-pound, offensive lineman, and he moves pretty well for that size. He plays with a nasty streak, and has only scratched the surface of the type of player he can become. His pass protection is better than his run blocking right now, and that will benefit him greatly stopping SEC edge rushers. He has above average athletic ability, and is learning how to use his hands in better. I think he's a tackle at the next level, but he could slide inside and play guard if needed. 

WHAT ARE THE CONCERNS? Kinnard is probably carrying 15-20 pounds of excess weight that will need to be trimmed before hitting the field at Kentucky. Right now, I don't see him being quick enough to play left tackle for the Wildcats, but would be great on the right side. Also, college coaches are not going to stop recruiting Kinnard and I expect more offers will be headed his way. Kentucky will need to continue to recruit him hard throughout the process. 

WHAT ARE THE INTANGIBLES? There is still a very high ceiling for Kinnard to reach, and he has come miles forward from the player I saw last fall in person. If he continues to put in the work and get in optimal shape, Darian Kinnard is going to play in the NFL one day. He plays in one of the top high school programs in the Midwest in Cleveland St. Ignatius, so he is being taught the game the right way. I've seen him twice in the past month going against some of the top defensive linemen in America, and Kinnard is a battler that loves to compete. 


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