The Kentucky Wildcats defense has been one of the strongest units at times in the SEC this season and it is a unit that added some Class of 2021 talent back in October with the commitment of defensive end Jamarius Dinkins to Mark Stoops’ program.
By Steve Wright
Dinkins is a 3-star prospect per the 247Sports Composite Rankings and he will come to Kentucky out of Walnut Ridge (Columbus, OH) High School. He is a player with great size and length – he is already 6-foot-6 and 255 pounds – and he is ranked as the No. 649 player in the nation, the No. 43 SDE, and the No. 24 player in the state of Ohio.
Dinkins is the 17th pledge to the Wildcats’ 2021 recruiting class and he is the fourth prospect that Stoops and his team have been able to coax out of Ohio. The class is ranked as the 35th best in the nation and Dinkins had plenty of offers for his services as he picked Kentucky over Michigan State, West Virginia, and a host of top tier MAC schools.
The first thing you notice when watching highlights of Dinkins is his size. On the first play he smoothers a field goal attempt with a combination of a great jump off of the line and his length being way too difficult to kick over. The rest of this highlights package shows off his ability to read and react to plays and the instinctive way which he is able to make his presence known on the field.
Dinkins is a player that will benefit from the conditioning program at Kentucky. This will allow him to get bigger and to really become a force against the run in particular as a college athlete. He is a player that can be a rotational guy right away for the Wildcats before developing into a block to build around on the defensive line when he is an upperclassman.