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 first signature of National Signing Day is in, officially making three-star linebacker Kobe King a Nittany Lion. His twin brother, Kalen King, also is a member of Penn State's 2021 recruiting class.
|Height/Weight: 6'0.5/223 lbs.|
|High School: Cass Technical (Detroit, MI)|
|247Composite Rank: ★★★(0.8829)|
|Positional Rank: No. 437 Overall, No. 19 Inside Linebacker No. 12 in Michigan|
|Commitment Date: April 10, 2020|
Kobe King is the truest of Mike linebackers. In addition to being one of the better players on the field, he simply looks like a college linebacker. It's one thing to be 223 pounds in high school but King carries the weight extremely well and is able to use every ounce of it to his advantage.
King was on the border as a Power 5 prospect as a junior in high school but he was fighting through an injury that hindered him. As a senior, he showed improved burst and lateral agility once healthy. He's a sound tackler, hits with authority, and does well navigating through the box to find the ball carrier. He can stand to improve his general athleticism and he'll need to prove he can drop back, as currently, he does all of his best work moving forward toward the line of scrimmage.
As an early enrollee, King will be giving himself a shot to earn playing time with the somewhat shallow depth chart at MIKE linebacker. Learning the defense and being able to take control lining the defense up are naturally the biggest hurdles for young players, and will be for King, as well. Physically, however, he's ready to go. As soon as the staff feels comfortable with his grasp of the playbook, look for him to start earning reps.
As a freshman, however, given that both Ellis Brooks and Jesse Luketa are set to return in 2021, he's likely in line for a redshirt. Long term, King is capable of being a defensive leader similar to Jason Cabinda. He won't be the flashiest player but he can lead this defense and make a lot of tackles in his career.
|Ellis Brooks*||Charlie Katshir*||Lance Dixon*||Tyler Elsdon*|
|Jesse Luketa||Brandon Smith||Curtis Jacobs*|
* denotes redshirt season taken