Four-star 2018 OT Darian Kinnard says being wanted by Penn State is “amazing”
Penn State offensive line coach Matt Limegrover, shown here during spring practice on March 23, 2016 on the Lasch fields, is recruiting Kinnard. Joe Hermitt, PennLive
Penn State has not been shy about offering offensive line prospects this spring, especially ones that project as true tackles.
Darian Kinnard, at 6-foot-7, 335 pounds, fits that mold perfectly.
It’s part of the reason why the Lions became the 15th program to offer the Class of 2018 four-star offensive tackle from Cleveland, Ohio St. Ignatius on Monday night, just a few days after he was picked as one of the rising stars at a The Opening regional event in Ohio.
“It is amazing to be wanted by a top school like that,” Kinnard said of the offer, adding that he knew it might be coming when the Lions coaching staff recently began asking for his academic information.
“Their message was to keep growing and keep in contact.”
The junior excels in the classroom like he does on the field, which is why many additional offers should be on the way for the No. 31 offensive tackle in his class according to the 247Sports’ Composite rankings.
As for why Penn State is a school he plans to keep in touch with and hopefully visit this summer, Kinnard liked the Lions’ fighting spirit en route to a Big Ten title and spot in the Rose Bowl a year ago.
“My first impression is they like to compete and strive to get better,” he said.
Kinnard made a good first impression on many at the aforementioned The Opening event, with 247Sports’ Steve Wiltfong picking him as the No. 3 performer on offense after the talent-packed camp.
“To look at him, you would expect that the massive 6-foot-6 body would be a lumbering leaner. He’s not though,” Wiltfong writes.
“He’s got great feet, bends well and is quick off the snap. I think he’s about to be one of the risers nationally at offensive tackle.”
Penn State has one offensive tackle committed in its 12-member Class of 2018, Wyoming Valley West four-star Chris Bleich, and has offered a few other tackles this spring along with Kinnard, including three-stars Bryce Effner (Aurora, Ill.) and Blake Zubovic (Belle Vernon, Pa.).