Kinnie high on Wildcats

It's clear that Kentucky needs to add defensive tackles to their roster. One player who's on Kentucky's board is Gadsden City High (AL.) lineman Jakari Kinnie.

It's clear that Kentucky needs to add defensive tackles to their roster. One player who's on Kentucky's board is Gadsden City High (AL.) lineman Jakari Kinnie.

Kentucky was in good position last year to land Gadsden City High corner Dale Trimble. Now the Wildcats are recruiting one of Trimble's former teammates, Jakari Kinnie. Kinnie is the definition of a space-eater on the frontline, but Kinnie believes he's even more than that.

"I'm a very talented big guy," said Kinnie. "I can move very well for my size (6-foot-2, 340-pounds). Offenses have hard times trying to scheme against me because I can clog the middle on the run and turn around a pass rush on the next play," he said. "I just need to get better at staying low," he said.

Going into the weekend, Kinnie had helped his Titans to a 4-0 record and has been productive in those victories.

"I have around 20 tackles with six for loss," he said.

Kinnie has several division-1 offers. Kentucky, Western Kentucky, Memphis, Louisiana Tech, UAB, Marshall, Florida International and Southern Illinois have all offered. Kinnie likes Kentucky quite a bit out of that group.

"I like UK. They are easily in the top five, right now," said Kinnie.

So does he talk to Dale Trimble? "I talked to Dale (Wednesday) actually. He was telling me about him dressing out their last game. He said he was the cleanest player on the sideline," laughed Kinnie.

Having a player like Trimble on the roster could be a draw for Kinnie to head up to Lexington.

"I want to be in a family environment. I want to be able to have a good relationship with all the players and coaches," finished.

Kinnie plans to make a decision sometime after his football season ends.


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