RB Has Blue & White Bloodlines

Rodney Kinlaw is related to Nittany Lion all-time great Courtney Brown and has a scholarship offer from Penn State. Will he follow in Courtney's footsteps and play college football in Happy Valley?

Name: Rodney Kinlaw
Position: RB
Height: 5'10"
Weight: 185 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.36 at Clemson camp
Bench Press: 315 pounds
School: Stratford HS, Goose Creek, SC

Rodney Kinlaw may not be a household name in Happy Valley, but his uncle is one of the most popular Nittany Lions ever to don the blue and white.

"Courtney Brown is my uncle; he's my dad's half brother," Rodney said.  "We talk sometimes."

With those bloodlines, it's no surprise that Rodney is considered one of the top prospects in South Carolina following a stellar 2001 season.

"I had 154 carries for 1,094 yards and around 8 touchdowns.  We went 11-2 last year.  We lost in the second round of the playoffs."

Those numbers earned Kinlaw All-Low Country and All-Region recognition, but Rodney isn't satisfied with a repeat of last year's performance.

He weighed 162 pounds during the 2001 season, but he has worked hard in the weight room to add 23 pounds to his muscular frame in the offseason.

"I went up about 100 pounds in the squat and about 40 in the bench."

Kinlaw doesn't settle for average in the classroom either. He carries a 3.6 GPA and is striving to improve on his SAT score.

"I took the SAT, but I plan to take it again.  I got a 900 the first time.  I'm trying to score over a thousand."

Although Rodney plays running back exclusively for Stratford, he told LionNews that a few schools are recruiting him to play defensive back at the collegiate level. He prefers to remain a running back however. He's not sure whether Penn State is recruiting him to play running back or defensive back at this time.

Currently, Rodney has scholarship offers from Penn State, Clemson, South Carolina, Wake Forest, South Carolina State, and Middle Tennessee State. He said he received a written scholarship offer from Penn State a few weeks ago.

This summer, Rodney attended camps at Clemson and South Carolina.  He was scheduled to camp at Virginia Tech this past weekend. Those are the only schools he has visited this year.

Which schools make up Rodney's favorites list?

"Probably South Carolina, Clemson, Penn State, Northwestern and Virginia Tech. North Carolina State also."

Of those schools, are there any that particularly stand out?

"Probably Penn State, Clemson and Northwestern.  I like the schools' surroundings and academics.  Penn State has a really good academic program."

Rodney has visited Penn State a couple of times, including participating in Penn State summer camp last year. What does he think of Penn State?

"When I visited the school, when I was younger, I liked it a lot.  That was a few years ago, 3 to 4 years ago.  I saw the stadium and told myself that I'd like to play there one day.

"I'm going to try to make it to one of their games this year."

(Interview by Steve Curry)

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