Rutgers Target Kinslow Shows Out at Combine

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Jonathan Kinslow didn't have far to travel to make his impact felt at the NLA Elite Linemen Challenge, and the Piscataway High defensive tackle certainly made his mark. The 6-foot-2, 255-pound Kinslow was a standout at the camp, which was on Rutgers' campus. It so happens the Scarlet Knights are also one of the programs recruiting Kinslow.

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Jonathan Kinslow wasn't quite sure what he was getting into at the New Level Athletics Elite Linemen Challenge last weekend, but it didn't take him long to show belonged.

The 6-foot-2, 255-pound defensive tackle from Piscataway High consistently performed well in one-on-ones by showcasing his quick first step.

"I kept my head in it and kept moving my feet, and used my hand moves," Kinslow said. "I did better than I thought. I was nervous because I saw other people bigger than me, and after I saw how they ran, and they were breathing hard when they were running, I just said they weren't better than me."

Kinslow, who plays his high school ball a few miles from the Rutgers campus, has been hearing regularly from the Scarlet Knights.

But his overall recruitment has been slow, and for a variety reasons, including an ankle injury that sidelined him late in the season and the lateness in getting a highlight tape out.

"I'm hearing from Rutgers, Penn State, Temple, Boston College, UConn and Miami," Kinslow said. "The only campus I've been to is Rutgers. I haven't been anywhere else. … I'm going to mail the coaches my highlight tape."

Kinslow also plays offensive line for the Chiefs, but his future figures to be on the defensive side of the ball.

"I'd rather play defensive line. I think I'm better there," Kinslow said. "You get to use your hands more and hit people. I like tackling people."

Piscataway is a talent-rich area these days with fellow 2012 classmates in running back Tevin Shaw and receiver/safety Tajae Sharpe and 2013 teammates in Nadir Barnwell and Kyle LaPorte.

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