4-Star Michigan Cornerback Kalen King Commits to Penn State

By Matt de Bear on April 10, 2020 at 2:33 pm
Four-star cornerback Kalen King committed to Penn State on Friday April 10. The four-star Cass Tech product chose the Nittany Lions over Michigan, Iowa, Wisconsin, Missouri, Nebraska, and Arkansas.
Allen Trieu, 247Sports
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Just one day after picking up a commitment from four-star safety Jalen Reed, the Nittany Lions have added another blue-chip prospect from the Motor City. Four-star cornerback Kalen King has announced his verbal commitment to the Nittany Lions. Twin brother Kobe made his own commitment to Penn State at the same ceremony.

King picked up his Penn State offer a little over one year ago on April 2, 2019, just before making his first visit to Happy Valley for the 2019 Blue-White Game. He returned to campus in January for what became the only Junior Day of the spring recruiting cycle. That trip proved to be massively important with all other visits canceled through at least the end of May.

The Kalen King File

  • Class: 2021
  • Size: 5'11/170 lbs.
  • Pos: CB
  • School: Cass Tech (Detroit, MI)
  • Composite Rating: ★★★★ (.8950)
  • Composite Rank: No. 24 CB, No. 328 overall

According to 247Sports, King held offers from 30 programs. His final top group included Michigan, Iowa, Wisconsin, Missouri, Nebraska, and Arkansas, along with Penn State. 

King has been a key target for the Nittany Lions in the secondary. Safeties coach, and Detroit native, Tim Banks has been invaluable in getting Penn State involved with programs like Cass Tech, one of the most storied programs in Michigan high school football. He was key in landing the four-star Reed out of Martin Luther King High School and also has the Lions in line to land Kalen's twin brother Kobe, a 2021 three-star linebacker.

According to Allen Trieu of 247Sports, King brings plenty to the table as a defensive back:

Right at the average for the position size wise. Has some length and decent bulk to him now but can still add muscle in college. Has timed very well in the shuttle. That change of direction and technique allows him to be effective in man to man. Offensive and return abilities show his athleticism as well. Has good ball skills. Has to get stronger to be even more effective in press man. Also pure straight line, recovery speed can still be improved upon. But a smart, technically sound prospect who can be effective in both man and zone.

King is the first cornerback commit in the class and bumps Penn State's 2021 group up to six players. The Lions now stand at No. 18 nationally in the 247Sports rankings.

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