Prospect: DL Jamarius Dinkins
Projected Position: Defensive Tackle
Status: SI All-American Candidate
Vitals: 6-foot-6, 255 pounds
School: Columbus (Ohio) Walnut Ridge
Schools of Interest: Kent State, Ohio, Akron, Bowling Green, Cincinnati, Iowa State, Toledo and Eastern Michigan, among others.
Frame: Big and tall. Naturally-broad shoulders and wide chest. Long arms. Somewhat high waisted. Thick, developing legs and trunk. Ample room for additional mass and muscle as necessary.
Athleticism: Strong. Maintains balance through contact. Good burst and acceleration for size. Above-average short-area quickness. Adequate speed and overall mobility in space. Shows better bend than expected. Lacks degree of quick-twitch explosiveness.
Instincts: Fast off the ball. Physical. Loves inside move as pass-rusher. Comfortable engaging blockers, diagnosing and shedding to ball. Effective taking on double-teams. Pursues down line of scrimmage from weak side.
Polish: Plays with consistent base, which is especially impressive given height. Nascent understanding of fighting with arms and hands. Needs plan, more tools as pass-rusher moving forward.
Bottom Line: Dinkins has rare natural size, with excellent length and a broad, powerful frame. Not the most explosive athlete, he’ll be best served at the next level by adding good weight and shifting inside to defensive tackle. Likely multi-year starter, with All-Conference ceiling outside the Power-5.