Welcome to National Signing Day for the 2021 recruiting class here at Roar Lions Roar. Make sure to check out all of our other coverage today and in the coming days, and make sure to check out each profile of the newest Nittany Lions as they sign their letters of intent. (All photos you see below are courtesy of 247Sports)
The Nittany Lions have stocked the cornerback room with young, athletic talent and they'll add another piece to that puzzle in Kalen King. His twin brother, linebacker Kobe King, is also a member of this recruiting class.
|Height/Weight: 5'11/170 lbs.|
|High School: Cass Technical (Detroit, MI)|
|247Composite Rank: ★★★★(0.9130)|
|Positional Rank: No. 233 Overall, No. 16 Cornerback, No. 8 in Michigan|
|Commitment Date: April 10, 2020|
Kalen King has some phenomenal ball skills, thanks in large part to all of the reps he took at wide receiver throughout his high school career. He's only listed a 5'11, but he knows how to track the ball through the air and catch it at its highest point. He's the kind of guy who will benefit greatly from Dwight Galt's weight training program.
He's unafraid to come up and make tackles, something not a lot of corners are willing to do. He has good form and isn't afraid to go up against guys who are bigger and stronger than him. He has the ability to play both in the slot and outside and does a great job jamming receivers off the line of scrimmage at both spots.
James Franklin has always said it's easier to get on the field early the further away you are from the football and King is expected to early enroll, so he could battle for some playing time this year. Still, I'd bet a redshirt season is in his future simply because of all the guys in front of him.
A scout team year will allow him to build his frame a bit more while learning from Joey Porter Jr., Keaton Ellis, and Marquis Wilson. All of those guys are draft eligible after the 2021 season and while not all of them will leave, there's going to be some intrigue. Look for King to make the most of his four games in 2021, before starting to battle for a more involved role in 2022.
|Donovan Johnson*||Keaton Ellis||Joey Porter Jr*||Joseph Johnson*|
|Marquis Wilson||Daequan Hardy*||Jeffrey Davis|
* denotes redshirt season taken