A player who has made huge strides in the past season is El Dorado Hills (Calif.) Oak Ridge athlete Isaac Kinter. We saw Kinter at the NorCal Nike Camp last year as well as two weeks ago and he has made a dramatic leap in ability.
A year ago, Kinter was your classic tweener who came to the camp as a 6-1, 200 pound wide receiver/defensive back. He clocked a 4.85 in the 40, did 10 reps on the bench and didn't look like much of a Div I prospect.
This year was a different story as Kinter measured in at a rock solid 6-1, 223 pounds, clocked a 4.63 in the 40 on a very slow, wet field and did 30 reps on the bench. He also had a 4.35 time in the shuttle and jumped 29 inches in the vertical. He worked out with the linebackers and could be one of the bigger sleepers in the state depending on how he looks in pads next season.
Kinter posted modest numbers last year on both sides of the ball. He caught 20 passes for 301 yards and two touchdowns at receiver. On defense, he made 16 tackles and picked off two passes. Judging by how he looked at the Stanford camp, Kinter should be up around the 100 tackle total next season and we would be disappointed by anything less.
"We were loaded at corner and receiver last year so he Isaac didn't play as much as we would have liked," Oak Ridge coach Chris Jones said. "He was our third corner and third receiver but he's a great talent. He's going to play linebacker for us this year and that's also where he'll play in college."
Kinter also already knows what school he'll play for as well as he has made an early commitment to Fresno State.
"They offered him as a linebacker and he jumped on it," Jones said. "He's excited and it's as good fit for him. I think Isaac will really do some good things this year and Fresno State got a good one."
Academically, Kinter is carrying a 2.7 GPA and scored an 1150 on the SAT.