How Did Penn State Rate?

South Carolina RB Rodney Kinlaw, nephew of Penn State great Courtney Brown, took an official visit to Penn State this weekend. Read what Rodney rated the visit on a scale of 1 to 10.

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

"It was real good," Rodney said Monday night of his official visit to Penn State this past weekend.  He made the long drive up Friday with both of his parents.

"I think it was 11 1/2 hours.  It wasn't too bad.  It wasn't as bad as I thought."

Nittany Lion wide-receiver Kinta Palmer was his host.  Some of the other players Rodney mentioned meeting were Adam Taliaferro, Pete Gilmore, Jason Robinson and John Bronson.

What did he get to do during the official visit?

"The biggest thing was that we ate all the time.  We stayed in and played Play Station 2 a lot.  We went to a track meet also.  We were supposed to go to the basketball game after the track meet, but instead of going to the basketball game, I watched film with the coach, Coach Ganter.

"He was showing me film of drills that the freshmen went through and stuff.  He was showing a lot of highlights too.

"We did talk about the depth chart a little bit.  He was saying somebody has to come in and earn the starting position."

Rodney also got to talk with Joe Paterno several times during the course of the weekend.

"He's a very down-to-earth person."

The South Carolina resident didn't seem too taken aback by the cold.

"It was cold sometimes.  The first night it was cold, but the second night compared to the first night wasn't cold."

Rodney, who has now taken official visits to Clemson and Penn State, will take his final visit to Virginia Tech this weekend.

"That's it.  I'm just going to take another few weeks and decide."

Kinlaw had been to Penn State before.

"I went to a camp up there and I used to go to some of Courtney's games.  It's pretty much the same, but the stadium's gotten bigger.  It's a great stadium."

"They (PSU) are still looking good.  They're all about even right now."

"Clemson is supposed to come down tomorrow (Tuesday) night.  I'm not sure when Penn State is coming down."

What would he rate the visit on a scale of 1 to 10?

"I'd say about a 10 and a half."

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