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Khalil Dinkins is a Pitt legacy but that's just icing on the cake when it comes to landing the outstanding North Allegheny athlete.
|Position: Tight End|
|Height/Weight: 6'3/220 lbs.|
|High School: North Allegheny (Wexford, PA)|
|247Composite Rank: ★★★(0.8674)|
|Positional Rank: No. 661 Overall, No. 32 Tight End, No. 16 in Pennsylvania|
|Commitment Date: October 21, 2020|
Khalil Dinkins flashes on the football field. His position would be better described as an athlete at this point. He wants to be a tight end at Penn State but his highlight tape also shows his ability on the defensive side of the ball.
On the offensive side of the ball, his film shows him split out wide like most high school players. He shows soft hands, high points the ball well, keeps the ball away from his body, and is great after the catch. If he wants to be a tight end in the Big Ten, he'll have to learn how to play with hand in the dirt and take on defenders on a more consistent basis. He'll also need to fill out his frame quite a bit.
If Dinkins is set on being a tight end in college, he'll have his work cut out for him at Penn State. It's not that he isn't talented or isn't capable of being a useful weapon, it's just that Penn State's tight end group is incredibly talented and young eligibility wise. He'll have to wait his turn but that time learning and improving could prove beneficial to his future as there will be no pressure to contribute off the bat.
His long-term outlook is tough to predict as it's still possible he ends up on the defensive side of the football. As a tight end, though, Dinkins is more likely to not see significant snaps, barring injuries, until he's been on campus for a year or two. However, his freaky athleticism will give him the chance to jump up the depth chart if he picks up the mental side of things quickly.
|Pat Freiermuth||Zack Kuntz*||Brenton Strange*||Theo Johnson*|
* denotes redshirt season taken