2003 Prospect Update: Rodney Kinlaw
While the giants of college football are used to coming into South Carolina leaving with some of the best football talent, the last couple of years have been different. South Carolina and Clemson have managed to keep the state's top talent, who also happened to be some of the best in the nation, in state.
The Tigers have made a move in an effort to keep one of the Palmetto State's finest players home with an early scholarship offer to Stratford running back Rodney Kinlaw. However, the Tigers aren’t the only team after the 5-foot-10, 177-pound speedster.
At 5-10, 177lbs and 4.4 speed, Kinlaw is a hot commodity among other schools as well. He's getting interest from South Carolina, Penn State, NC State and Virginia.
Kinlaw rushed for over 1000 yards as a junior this past season, scored nine touchdowns, and averaged 6.4 yards per carry. As a sophomore for the Knights, he averaged over 7 yards per carry.
"He's a slasher," said Coach Ray Stackley. "He's got good speed and is very dependable when we need yardage."
Kinlaw is also a track standout finishing fourth in the state in the 200 meters last spring. Football, however, runs in Kinlaw's family. His cousins include Courtney Brown, Joe Hamilton, Harvey Middleton and Pierson Prioleau. His father was a running back at SC State.
The Stratford running back plans on camping at Virginia Tech this summer and the Hokies could be the favorite at this time.
Jim Baxter is the editor of SCVarsity.com, the leader in South Carolina high school sports news.