Sep 22, 2012; South Bend, IN, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish cornerback Bennett Jackson (2) celebrates after a fumble recovery in the third quarter against the Michigan Wolverines at Notre Dame Stadium. Notre Dame won 13-6. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

Notre Dame Football Recruiting: Kinlaw Signs Letter of Intent

Rashad Kinlaw



Absecon, New Jersey

Commitment Date: 03/26/2012

High School Highlights

Kinlaw’s High School career has been plagued by injury. In this year’s World Championships in Texas, Kinlaw broke his ankle, causing him to miss significant time. Therefore, the rankings for Kinlaw by some services are rather low. However, those who see his potential have him ranked as one of the best Cornerbacks in the nation. Because he played a significant amount of Quarterback in High School, it is hard to know exactly how he will translate to the position. There most likely will be a learning curve but when Kinlaw finishes his Notre Dame career, he may be the best of three Cornerback commitments in the 2013 class.

From the Slap the Sign Evaluation:

Evaluating Kinlaw is virtually impossible. Notre Dame sees him as a Cornerback. As for his size for that position, he is prototypical at 6’2″ 184. Most of the film available is of him playing Quarterback, which he does well at the High School level. His team runs a spread attack from which he carries the ball frequently. He does lack speed or athleticism. It can be seen on his touchdown runs very easily. What Notre Dame has in Kinlaw is a very raw athlete that they can mold into anything they want. If he can pick it up mentally, it sure looks like he can do it physically. Obviously, he will not play right away because of the transition he will undergo but he definitely will down the line. One concern about Kinlaw is that he is injury prone. Hopefully, this will not limit his career at Notre Dame.


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