New team rising for 4-star LB Kinsler as Canes push

New team rising for 4-star LB Kinsler as Canes push

Stefan Adams
2020 4-star LB Latarie Kinsler has seen increased interest from a few new schools this spring, but only one has really begun to standout for the Pahokee star.

“I would say LSU has jumped up in my recruitment,” Kinsler said. “They’re basically the only new team that has really set themselves apart in my recruitment. They’re coming after me hard.”

In terms of other schools involved for the 6-3, 205 pound prospect, Kinsler visited both Syracuse and Illinois this spring. He had to cancel planned trips to Virginia and Oregon, but plans to reschedule those visits in the future. He also says Louisville, the program to which he was committed to for over a year, is still in the mix as well.

Of course, one school that has been high in Kinsler’s mind for some time now has been the Miami Hurricanes. Kinsler has been a frequent visitor to Miami’s campus throughout his recruiting process, most recently tripping to Coral Gables for a Junior Day event in March. It was Kinsler’s first visit to UM since Manny Diaz became Miami’s new head coach, and he noticed a different vibe in the air when he was there.

“It was different in a better way, in a good way,” Kinsler said. “I feel like they’re bringing the old Miami back, the old swag back.”

As for his next visit to Miami, Kinsler says he is unsure when that will come, but he is trying to make it to Paradise Camp this summer. He previously attended last year’s Paradise Camp.

“I think most likely I’ll come out and chill with the coaches and watch around. I won’t actually play,” Kinsler said.

Originally, Miami was recruiting Kinsler as a defensive end under previous DL coach Jess Simpson, but lately they have begun to see Kinsler as a linebacker. With four main contributors at the position set to graduate following the 2019 season, linebacker is a clear need for the 2020 class, and the UM staff is pitching the availability of immediate playing time to Kinsler.

“It doesn’t really matter to me which one I play, I can play both really good,” Kinsler said of DE or LB. “Miami tells me they love how I play, they love my ability to rush the passer. They tell me I can come in and play right away as a linebacker at Miami.”

With Simpson now gone, defensive coordinator and LB coach Blake Baker has become Kinsler’s primary recruiter and Kinsler has enjoyed getting to know Baker these past few months.

“Coach Baker, he’s a cool dude,” Kinsler said. “He’s an upfront coach, an honest coach.”

The Canes have shown Kinsler that he is a priority for them in this class by sending coaches to Pahokee multiple times to see him during the spring evaluation period.

“Coach Rumph came last Wednesday but I didn’t get to see him, I had already left school,” Kinsler said. “They’re supposed to be coming back some time this week to watch me practice.”

While Kinsler is unsure when he will make a final decision, he has outlined a loose plan for when he will take his official visits. He does not know which schools will get those visits at this time.

“I think I’m going to take two officials this summer, and I’m going to take three during the season.”

 

Comments (22)

Kinda sucks that he won’t compete at Paradise. Wish more kids had that attitude that they want to go out and compete as much as possible while also getting the chance to learn from D1 coaches
 
Kids really fast off his get off and looks like a really good player based off highlights but I’m not a big fan of turning DE’s into LB’s in a 4-3. I think he may be better suited as a 3-4 LB. Seems a little odd that he didn’t know Rumph was going to visit his school and he left.
 
Curious how big LSU's offer will be. It appears the bag men's doubts about Ed Orgeron have been quelled and they're spending really big considering the kids they're landing.
 
Kids really fast off his get off and looks like a really good player based off highlights but I’m not a big fan of turning DE’s into LB’s in a 4-3. I think he may be better suited as a 3-4 LB. Seems a little odd that he didn’t know Rumph was going to visit his school and he left.

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We need instant impact guys there. Guy would get here without having played a down as a 4-3 LB.
 
Watching the kids film its obvious he is more LB than DE in his speed and movement. With training he could be an effective hybrid rush DE.
 
.....and just to be clear, I like the kid at DE. He is thin, but he can rush and pack on enough to bare minimum become a situational guy. IF Williams commits elsewhere, we should take this kid as our WDE.
Taking him at LB wouldn't be ideal.
 
i like his film, but, we need blue chip players. they can keep the stars jesse amrstead mike barrow
ray ray, and dj, hell rohan bernard dan morgan etc all blue chip most of these guys get there
points from sites and one hit wonder camps instead of their overall production. once all the attention starts these players don't have to work hard no more example all world rashard gary
avg player at michigan never should have been chosen that high. devin bush stats not even close
to shag quartermen taken in the top ten while shag had his best year over all line backers yet
they had him late second or third. so you tell me if we are living in a dictatorship in college and
pro, every body looking for the grade instead of the blue chippers/ real football players.
 
This kid is the best pure pass rusher in South Fla for the 2020 class, bar none.

He's not a LB, idc what the staff or anyone says, he's a natural pass rushing specialist, literally no one has put up more sacks than this kid has in 3 years as a starter. Kid had 23 sacks as a Freshman & had 56tcks &14 sacks last year making first team All-Palm Beach.

If he commits & signs with the U, once he gets on campus he'll get reps at DE guaranteed. He'll just need a redshirt year to add more weight & get stronger.
 
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His kid is the best pure pass rusher in Siuth Fla for the 2020 class, bar none.

He's not a LB, idc what the staff or anyone says, he's a natural pass rushing specialist, literally no one has put up more sacks than this kid has in 3 years as a starter. Kid had 23 sacks as a Freshman & had 56tcks &14 sacks last year making first team All-Palm Beach.

If he commits & signs with the U, once he gets on campus he'll get reps at DE guaranteed. He'll just need a redshirt year to add more weight & get stronger.
Simple as that. You don't have that kind of sack production and make this kid a fvcking LB, that's insane. Put him at where he should be and let him do what he does. It's moot because the kid probably won't sign with us but yeah. When he is a 1-2 day pick coming from LSU in 4 years we will all wonder how he slipped away from us when FSU and UF weren't even after him. Well because we wanted him at LB, lol.
 
I gotta think there's more to this DE v. LB controversy than we know. I'll have to trust the coaches although since I don't consider myself an X and O's guy I trust any coach --even one named Golden.

The head scratcher is that recent CB commit, the one with the 4.9 forty. I remember talking our recruiting coordinator under JJ, Dave Scott, and their big priority then was "CBs with 4.4 speed". That was about '89. I can't believe speed would be so unimportant now. He was carefully scrutinized by Rumph so I assume they know what they are doing.
 
“I think most likely I’ll come out and chill with the coaches and watch around. I won’t actually play,” Kinsler said.

That kind of attitude always worries me in a football player.
 
If Miami tries to turn him into a LB they'll lose him to LSU. Period. This dude is one of the best Pass Rushers in the state of Florida. Get him here put him through the Workouts and watch him blow up. Don't know how you can't look at this kid and see Burns from FSU. Burns came to FSU at 215.
 
Something tells me this kids has grade issue.
 

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