Kinlaw Enjoys Shrine Experience

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One of those starring in the 2002 North Carolina – South Carolina Shrine Classic was Rodney Kinlaw, who is one of Virginia Tech’s top remaining targets.

Kinlaw, who plays for Stratford High School in Goose Creek, SC, enjoyed his experience despite a 28-0 victory for the North Carolina All-Stars.

“It was a pretty good experience,” said Kinlaw, who is Tech’s top remaining running back target. “We didn’t run the ball much. I had three catches for 40 yards.”

As is part of any all-star experience, players have a chance to meet and become friends with players from different places. Kinlaw got to know two players in particular very well.

“I hung out the most with [All-American] offensive lineman Eric Young of Union and offensive lineman Marion Dukes [of Pickens],” said Kinlaw. “It was pretty interesting.”

Dukes is a Clemson commitment while Young remains undecided, but will probably decide between South Carolina, Clemson, and Tennessee. While the three hit it off really well at the Shrine Classic, their collegiate decisions will have no effect Kinlaw’s final decision.

“Dukes was pushing me a little bit, trying to get me to go to Clemson,” laughed Kinlaw. “But I will focus on what’s best for me. It really doesn’t make a difference where they go.”

Recruits are currently in the midst of a recruiting “dead” period, where coaches cannot contact recruits. Kinlaw has used this time to think about his schools, and remains leader-less at the moment.

“It’s been nice,” said Kinlaw of the recruiting “dead” period. “I’ve been thinking about schools, and I still don’t have a leader. My visits are going to determine where I end up. I am going to take all of them.”

Kinlaw will visit Clemson on January 10, Penn State on January 17, South Carolina on January 20, and Virginia Tech on January 24.

The outstanding SC running back prospect is still wide open at the moment. He feels he could play early at Virginia Tech, however that is not that big of a deal to him. As he said, the visits will determine his decision.