3-Star Linebacker Kobe King Commits to Penn State

By Matt de Bear on April 10, 2020 at 2:35 pm
Three-star inside linebacker Kobe King committed Penn State on April 10. The three-star prospect from Michigan chose Penn State over Arkansas, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Michigan.
Allen Trieu, 247Sports

On the heels of commitments his twin brother Kalen just minutes ago, and crosstown rival Jaylen Reed on Thursday, Kobe King has hit the trifecta for Penn State in Detroit. The three-star inside linebacker has committed to the Nittany Lions.

Despite not earning his Penn State scholarship offer until two months after his brother Kalen, Kobe has been a top target for the Lions ever since as they continue to add top-tier talent to an already impressive linebacker room.


  • Class: 2021
  • Size: 6'0/223 lbs.
  • Pos: ILB
  • School: Cass Tech (Detroit, MI)
  • Composite Rating: ★★★ (0.8739)
  • Composite Rank: No. 20 ILB, No. 452 overall

Long thought to be a package deal, the twin brothers' offer list, and finalists, are very similar. Kobe trimmed his list to five last week, with Arkansas, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Michigan making the final cut. He also held offers from programs like Michigan State, Kentucky, Nebraska, and Pitt.

Like all three of the prospects to commit to Penn State in the last two days, Tim Banks played a crucial role in bringing King to Happy Valley. His connections in his hometown, especially at his alma mater (Martin Luther King) and Cass Tech have paid huge dividends as the Nittany Lions establish roots at two of the most legendary prep schools in Michigan.

Kobe is a true middle linebacker prospect and plays the type of game you would expect for such a player. His strength and physicality are his two biggest strengths, but his highlight video shows a player with some impressive athleticism too. 

The 2021 Penn State class now stands at six members, with Kobe becoming the first linebacker to commit. 247Sports ranks the class as the 18th best in the nation.