One of the top players at the Safety position, Kinchens has the size, strength, intelligence, and game-changing ability that will be put to good use in the Canes secondary for years to come. Kinchens is well-built at 5’11” 201lbs, and uses his size to great advantage in the secondary for Northwestern, and his 7on7 team, Miami Immortals.
Kinchens has been a productive player for Northwestern over the last 2 years, posting 74 and 76 tackles, respectively, to go along with a combined 10 TFLs and 13 interceptions, 9 of which came as a junior in 2019. That performance in 2019 earned Kinchens 1st team All-Dade recognition, as well as being named 1st team All-State by FloridaHSFootball, and 2nd team All-American by MaxPreps.
In case you’re new to recruiting, Miami Northwestern has long been one of the preeminent programs in producing top talent. I mean, for decades, not just recently.
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In the 2021 recruiting class, the Miami Hurricanes have made a concerted effort to lock down top players from Miami Northwestern. That effort has resulted in today’s commitment from Kinchens, but there’s been more than that. Kinchens is the 5th Northwestern player to commit to Miami in 2021, joining WR Romello Brinson, TE Khalil Brantley, OLB Ja’Corey Hammett, and CB Tim Burns Jr. in picking the Canes. That’s a lot of top notch HSFB talent going down the road from the City to Coral Gables, and I like it!
Moreover, this is yet another recruiting win for the Canes, specifically Assistant DC/Safeties coach Ephraim Banda, over an SEC school. Banda beat Florida for the nation’s #2 S Avantae Williams last cycle, and beat Auburn head’s up for Kinchens today. Sure, the 2019 season left much to be desired on the field, but the Canes in general, and Banda in specific, have been recruiting to an elite level. Shoutout to TE coach Stephen Field, who played at Northwestern and once served as the Bulls’ head coach, in this recruitment, as well.
At present, Kinchens is ranked the #299 player overall, #20 Safety, and #39 in the State of Florida according to the 247sports composite rankings.
Kinchens picked Miami over finalist Auburn, and offers from Texas A&M, Alabama, Clemson, Florida State, Georgia, and many others.
For Miami, the Canes now have 17 commitments in the 2020 recruiting class. All 17 either live in, or hail from, South Florida. So there’s proof positive of Head Coach Manny Diaz’s statement that the Canes will be committed to focusing heavily on recruiting the local area. They are, and it’s paying off in spades.
For a better look at the player Miami will be adding in Kinchens, check out the HUDL highlights below: