The season is over for South Carolina defensive line commitment Javon Kinlaw of Jones County College (Mississippi), and soon his short stay junior college will be as well.
Kinlaw committed to Will Muschamp last December out of Goose Creek High with the two knowing he would not qualify. Kinlaw then enrolled at Jones County in January to expedite his arrival at USC, which will happen this May. The early enrollment only cost him one year of eligibility with the Gamecocks.
Kinlaw said he remains firmly committed to the Gamecocks despite the increase in interest from other major schools. But he does plan to take other official visits because he never had the chance to do so as a high school senior. It’s an experience he wants to enjoy.
“I’m going to take one to South Carolina definitely and might take one to Alabama, Maryland, Tennessee and Louisville. That’s who offered me,” Kinlaw said. “It (the commitment) is still strong. I just never had the chance to have an official visit coming out of high school. I just want to see what it’s like, go places. They know I’m still a kid. I didn’t have that chance. I just want to have that chance like everybody else.”
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Asked if there’s anything he might see elsewhere that might turn him from USC, Kinlaw replied, “Nah, probably not, man. I’ve been committed for too long. They just talk about me coming in and playing. I talk to Coach [Lance] Thompson every day and to Coach Muschamp every day. Communication is there.”
Kinlaw went to Jones as a defensive end but he’s grown into a defensive tackle and now weighs 305 pounds on his 6-foot-7 frame. He expects to report to USC at around 295 pounds.
In eight games this season Kinlaw recorded 26 tackles with 4.5 sacks and 4 tackles for loss.