4-star S Kinchens puts Canes in top 5, talks next steps

4-star S Kinchens puts Canes in top 5, talks next steps

Stefan Adams
2021 Miami Northwestern (FL) 4-star safety Kamren Kinchens released his top 5 schools today, and the Miami Hurricanes made the cut for the local star, along with Auburn, LSU, Texas A&M, and Nebraska.

“I feel like those 5 schools have separated themselves enough from the rest,” Kinchens said. “I put Miami in because, first, it’s home, and then second, because my relationship with them has grown so much, so I felt comfortable putting them in there.”

The Canes keep in touch with Kinchens every day, and the Miami Northwestern product said that his bond with safeties coach Ephraim Banda has flourished over the past few months.

“My relationship with UM has grown a lot, personally and as far as football-wise too,” Kinchens said. “I’ll get two calls a week and text with them every day. With communication, on a scale of 1-10, it’s a 9.

“Coach Banda keeps it real with me, saying he is here to build a relationship with me and that if he felt they didn’t need me, they wouldn’t be recruiting me. He says I will be able to play all over the field for them because I’m very versatile.”

Although the Canes stumbled to a 6-7 season in Manny Diaz’s first year at the helm, Kinchens feels UM is on the verge of breaking through in 2020.

“I feel like you need at least three years to actually turn a program around,” Kinchens said. “So I feel [Diaz] is on the right track to have a great year this year.”

Ever since Kinchens was offered by Miami back in February of 2019, he has been a frequent visitor to UM’s campus, last tripping to Coral Gables for their Junior Day event back in late January.

In fact, three of Kinchens’ teammates at Miami Northwestern are UM commits in TE Kahlil Brantley, CB Tim Burns, and LB Ja’Corey Hammett, and they have all been working to get Kinchens on board as a Hurricane.

“They tell me to come, that they need my help, that we can win a natty together just like we did at the West,” Kinchens said. “They tell me to make that move and that they know I’m coming eventually and I might as well get it out of the way.”

From the beginning of his recruitment, the 5-11 190 pound prospect has had his eyes set on making his decision the summer before his senior year, but with the coronavirus shutdowns altering the playing field, Kinchens is uncertain if he will follow through with that plan.

“I’m not entirely sure because I wanted to get some more visits in before making my decision because two of those schools (in my top five) I haven’t been to yet,” he stated.

In 2019, Kinchens had a monster junior season on the way to another state title for the Bulls, recording 74 tackles, 11 INT, 3 TFL, and a punt return TD.

“It went great, I had 11 picks so can’t complain,” Kinchens said of his junior year. “I feel like I showed my versatility because sophomore year I was hitting and catching picks in man, now this year I dropped back as a deep safety and showed I can do my thing back there.

“My mindset on the field is to just have fun doing what I love and giving my all for me and my teammates. My game is very similar to Ed Reed, but I’m just a rangy, ball-hawking safety that will take your best WR out of the game from the jump and still help control the run game.”

Since Kinchens compares his own game to Reed’s, what are his thoughts on the Hurricanes legend and NFL Hall of Famer returning to Coral Gables in the Chief of Staff role?

“It feels great to have a legend back on campus.”

Back at the Opening Miami Regional in February 2019, Kinchens posted a 4.68 40-yard dash, 4.40 short shuttle time, and a 31.70 inch vertical leap in testing.

 

Comments (165)

“I feel like you need at least three years to actually turn a program around,” Kinchens said. “So I feel [Diaz] is on the right track to have a great year this year.”

But let's not listen to a person who's actively playing football and continue to throw a temper tantrum because we didn't go from 7-6 (with an ABYSMAL offense and our worst QB coach ever) to 97-0 in one season.
 
Who are our top safety prospects? I believe we are taking 1-2 guys.
 
Gotta land him... seems we might strike out else where locally at Safety can’t let this kid get away.. he’s a gem
 
Kinchens is an animal that we need to keep home. Question @DMoney - the way you described him being an 'Alpha male ball-hawk who can hit and is athletic enough to return punts. Big-time player.' sounds eerily similar to how we all used to describe jaquan johnson. Is Kinchens a tad bigger than jaquan but the same type of player and leader?
 
Kinchens is an animal that we need to keep home. Question @DMoney - the way you described him being an 'Alpha male ball-hawk who can hit and is athletic enough to return punts. Big-time player.' sounds eerily similar to how we all used to describe jaquan johnson. Is Kinchens a tad bigger than jaquan but the same type of player and leader?
He’s a little bigger than Jaquan and better ball skills. Jaquan probably quicker in short area and better in run game.
 
“I feel like you need at least three years to actually turn a program around,” Kinchens said. “So I feel [Diaz] is on the right track to have a great year this year.”

But let's not listen to a person who's actively playing football and continue to throw a temper tantrum because we didn't go from 7-6 (with an ABYSMAL offense and our worst QB coach ever) to 97-0 in one season.
That 3 year rule only applies to competent coaching staffs. Diaz hired Enos strike one, Diaz hired Baker strike two... then he made the Touchdown rings. Time to Go!
 
That 3 year rule only applies to competent coaching staffs. Diaz hired Enos strike one, Diaz hired Baker strike two... then he made the Touchdown rings. Time to Go!
CMD went with the glass/glamour of Bama wanting someone (Enos) rather than his gut feeling (bringing in a true Spread concept OC), in Year 1 of being a HC he gets a pass on that because he IMMEDIATELY realized his mistake and fixed it by going with his gut on what O we should run w/Lashlee hire.

Baker, I will say he gets one more year (this year) and then we'll know what we have...although putting the DEs in pass DEF vs UNC was horrid coupled with the VT TEs scoring on the same play (twice i believe), our DEF held it's own prior to when our kids mostly gave up after the FIU loss. Diaz will make sure our DEs are not in pass DEF on 4th and forever ever again, and I trust he's relayed that to Baker as well.

I'm okay with the TD rings as long as we're winning....Turnover Chain would've been a flop as well had we went 6-7 instead of 10-3.
 
Win and we get Kinchens.

Alpha male ball-hawk who can hit and is athletic enough to return punts. Big-time player.
Had to BOLD, italicize and underline for importance. That is most important thing in this recruitment and also getting more love from staff. I wont say much because to close but his fam is all canes but you cant be getting blow'd out by FIU. We need to win, also having an exciting brand of football brings excitement to program also which helps in recruiting.

People might only look at numbers but watch the film. Dude is making more plays than some of these athletes. Impact plays.
 
Diaz also kept Patke and Rumph on staff. The td rings are the absolute worst thing in football. Akron went 0-12 and they had a turnover pencil. That shits on the rings lol.
Patke was an absolutely inexplicable hire and is the weak link of the defensive staff in every facet. But he was also a Richt hire and don't think Manny is tied to him as much as some think. He hasn't landed a single recruit on his own, his special teams have been abysmal and his spot can/should be allocated to a more veteran coach/better recruiter.

Rumph and Banda landed 5 DB's this past year including three-4 stars in Avantae, Dunson and Harrell and two other very solid prospects in Balom and Clarke. They get a pass from me for now.

From his comments, it's going to take a really bad year from us for him not to come here.
 
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Won't lie, those bag schools got me sweatin'.
 

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