Eric Kinsey, the 6-foot-3, 240-pound three-star linebacker from Chaminade College Prep High School in Hollywood, Fla., favors LSU and Florida State solidly over Alabama, Florida, Nebraska and Louisville, but of those only the Huskers and Cardinals have offered. He also has offers from South Florida, Florida International, Vanderbilt and West Virginia.
“If Florida State or LSU offered me I’d definitely consider committing,” Kinsey admitted. “I want to wait, but I love those two schools.”
Kinsey admits he hopes to announce his decision on TV during an all-star game or on signing day. “If I get invited to an all-star game I’ll do it there,” he said. “If not I’ll wait until signing day. I’ve seen them do that on TV and it seems like it’d be a very special moment in my life.”
So what is it about the Tigers and Seminoles that Kinsey likes so much? “LSU is a great environment for football,” he said. “They always win a lot and growing up I liked them a lot too.”
Although he admits he’s unsure about how serious the Tigers are, he believes the ‘Noles are close to offering. “They seem close,” he said. “They said they’d come down to watch one of my practices next month.
“Florida State is bringing in a great recruiting class, so you know they’ll have a good team,” he said. “They’ll be great in the next few years.”
While Florida State may be Kinsey’s favorite now, he admits he grew up following a different in-state school. “I always supported Miami,” he said. “It’s my hometown team and my cousin (safety Kenny Phillips) played for them. (Phillips is now with the New York Giants).
“He told me to not let anybody pick for me,” he said. “He says I have to do it for myself.”
Kinsey attended the Hurricanes’ Junior Day.
“I actually used to hate Florida State because I was a fan of the ‘U’,” he admitted. “But now I like them a lot. They take defensive ends and convert them into great linebackers and that’s what I am…a converted d-end.”
Another Sunshine State program that Kinsey likes is Florida, but he admits they aren’t recruiting him heavily. “They’ve cooled down a bit,” he said. “They were recruiting me more a few months ago.”
He says that Alabama isn’t recruiting him heavily either.
Kinsey’s first scholarship offer was from Nebraska in early February. “They always have a top defense,” he said. “As a defensive players, that’s great. They are a top 10 defense every year.”
His most recent offers came from Florida International and West Virginia. “They just offered this past week,” he said.
This summer Kinsey plans to attend summer camps at Florida State, LSU, Florida, Tennessee and Auburn.
“I’m looking for a program with great exposure and that wins,” he said. “I want a coach that will push me to my limit.”
Kinsey finished his junior season with 19 tackles for loss and 14 sacks.
“I read the weaknesses well in the o-lineman and go after them,” he said. “I’m smart and have good vision. I also play quick.”
He says he can bench 315-pounds, squat 500 and has a 30-inch vertical jump.
“I want to improve my coverage skills, especially zone coverage,” he said. “I’m working on my technique too.”
Kinsey hopes to major in psychology and reports a 2.5 core GPA and a 16 ACT, which he is retaking on April 9.