After a quiet few months on the recruiting trail, Penn State has picked up a commitment from 2021 in-state tight end Khalil Dinkins.
A three-star prospect out of Pittsburgh's North Allegheny High School, Dinkins has been on Penn State's radar for some time. He picked up an offer back in February, but it took a few months before the staff felt comfortable giving him the green light to commit. He was an apparent Penn State lean from the start, further helping the Nittany Lions reestablish a pipeline to the western side of the state.
The Dinkins File
- Class: 2021
- Size: 6'3/220
- Pos: TE
- School: North Allegheny (Pittsburgh, PA)
- Composite Rating: ★★★ (.8566)
- Composite Rank: No. 845 overall, No. 45 TE
On top of the Nittany Lions, Dinkins held offers from Michigan, Virginia Tech, Kentucky, among others. Many big programs liked him as an outside linebacker or edge rusher, but Dinkins was clear that his desire was to play tight end at the next level.
Dinkins' father, Darnell Dinkins, was a tight end for the Pitt Panthers in the late 90s, before going on to play nearly a decade in the NFL. The elder Dinkins also spent some time coaching tight ends with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Rutgers.
At 6'3, 220 lbs., Khalil Dinkins has great size for a modern tight end and still has room to fill out. He's got solid hands and great speed for a player of his stature. He's also not afraid to put his hand in the dirt and helping run block.
Even with Pat Freiermuth's likely departure for the NFL after this season, Dinkins will be coming into a crowded tight end room. Having Zack Kuntz, Brenton Strange,Tyler Warren, and Theo Johnson back will allow Dinkins to develop at his own pace, with Jerry Cross, Holden Staes, and Mega Barnwell set to join the room later in his career.
Dinkins is commit No. 14 for Penn State's 2021 class, which now sits at No. 31 in the nation and eighth in the Big Ten.