4-star UL commit Kinsler readies for Paradise as family works on a UM flip

Stefan Adams
3 min read
Pahokee (FL) 4-star DE Latarie Kinsler has been one of the more highly recruited sophomores in the nation early on in the 2020 recruiting cycle. The Canes have certainly made the edge rusher from The Muck an early priority, and it’s been the coaching staff that has really made an impression on Kinsler so far.

“Things are going good,” Kinsler said on UM. “I mean, I have a good relationship with the majority of the staff and that’s big for me.”

And he’ll be getting even more comfortable with Miami DL coach Jess Simpson very shortly: Kinsler plans to be on campus and participate in Paradise Camp this weekend, where he’ll be able to work 1-on-1 with his possible future position coach. On his most recent visit to campus for Mark Richt’s OL/DL camp last month, Kinsler was able to pick up some new techniques from Simpson and is ready for more of the same on Saturday. Kinsler’s also excited to go up against some of the best talent in South Florida and wants to continue to prove himself on the field.

“I’m mainly looking forward to the competition and also to learn some new things,” Kinsler said. “Coach Simpson always teaches me something new. Last time I talked to Coach Simpson, he was telling me I fit their scheme and I’d be the perfect edge guy for their scheme and everybody would love me in Miami.”

Kinsler has been committed to Louisville since July of last year and, while he will be checking out all his options to make sure he is making the best decision for his future, the defensive end says things are still positive with the Cardinals.

“Things are good, coaches hit me up almost every day,” Kinsler said on Louisville.

In addition to the Canes, schools like Oregon, Clemson, Notre Dame, and Kentucky have been coming after the Pahokee product hard. However, the Canes have a bit of a built-in advantage when it comes to flipping Kinsler from UL, as a big Hurricane push is coming from inside the Kinsler household.

“Just to have a good relationship with the coaches,” Kinsler said on what it will take for Miami to get his commitment. “That's really it, because my mom and grandfather are already pressuring me to go to Miami. They’re die-hard fans.”

Lining up all over the field for Pahokee last season, Kinsler racked up 13 sacks, 55 tackles, and 5 forced fumbles. The 6’4” 208 pounder has already met and become friendly with some current Canes, but also has his eye on getting to know some Hurricane legends at Paradise as well.

“I’d like to meet all the defensive linemen on the team I didn’t already meet,” Kinsler said. “And hopefully Ed Reed and Ray Lewis, I love those guys. I used to watch them all the time.”


Comments (10)

Nice; but it is 2020;

****, I feel the hoodie is coming back and it’s all @Dwinstitles and @brock fault. Positive ninjas have become callous in 2019! Lol.
2020 (currently) looks like it’s gone be a very elite class for us. It’s a long way out but gotta enjoy the work getting done on the trail for next years class.
2020 (currently) looks like it’s gone be a very elite class for us. It’s a long way out but gotta enjoy the work getting done on the trail for next years class.
Serious POTENTIAL to be a top 3 class. Especially if we get some of those decommits back
Need to have an established approach to manage these early commitments as the excessive onslaught of the recruiting process ramping up jr and senior year is a real threat. Easier to point out the issue than to provide a solution, though
Let us literally maul some a$$es on the field this year starting with LSU and then with a nice 2+ TD beatdown of FSU, and I guarantee this kid and many more who are peaking over the fence will hop on over.

Kids see us turn the corner to domination and not just squeaking out wins then you will see a difference.

As has been said, this is Richt's most critical year. He's raised the bar both years. Now in year 3, he needs to show that we are just one small step away from the big stage.