The homestate schools may find it difficult to ward off challengers for Goose
Creek (S.C.) running back
Kinlaw just returned from camp at Clemson this past
weekend, but says he's keeping his recruitment open despite a longstanding offer
from the Tigers.
"I just want to take my time and see all these schools,
meet the coaches that are talking to me," he said. "I want to make my decision
based on the best atmosphere, the coaches and how I fit into the program and the
Kinlaw plans to camp at Virginia Tech in July. His
current top five includes Clemson, Penn State, Virginia Tech, N.C. State and
Maryland. He has offers from all five and is also receiving strong interest from
South Carolina, Notre Dame, Wake Forest, Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia and
He camped at Penn State last year.
"I really liked their program and all the coaches," he
said. "It seemed like a great place for football and a nice offense for a
running back. They've had a lot of good running backs there."
The shifty Kinlaw (5-10, 177, 4.4) produced huge
offensive numbers on modest rushing attempts last year for Stratford High
School. He rushed for 1,071 yards and eight touchdowns on only 156 attempts,
netting 6.8 yards per carry.
"I always liked Walter Payton and Barry Sanders growing
up," he said. "I tried to pattern myself after them, making cuts and moves, and
guys like O.J. Simpson and Tony Dorsett. I've always tried to watch and pay
attention to all the great running backs."