Ohio may not boast the same competition as other states, but Kiner's numbers speak for themselves. He received many NCAA offers and will move from Cincinnati to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to play for the LSU Tigers.
Corey Kiner Commits to LSU
OFFICIAL ??? pic.twitter.com/Hml2jk0ixU
— TWO WON (@CoreyKiner) December 17, 2020
In addition to LSU, Kiner had the chance to play for Cincinnati, Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisville, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State, Pittsburgh, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Toledo, USC, Vanderbilt, or Wisconsin.
Both the Bearcats and the Buckeyes were in on the Ohio native, but head coach Ed Orgeron's pitch was too strong for any rival to match. Running backs coach Kevin Faulk also played an instrumental role in the recruiting process.
For as heralded as Kiner is, it is interesting to see that programs like Alabama and Georgia did not make him an offer. The Tigers will look to make that indecision hurt over the next several years in the SEC.
Corey Kiner Highlights
Corey Kiner is a great football player, plain and simple. Over the last two seasons, he has accumulated a whopping 72 rushing touchdowns.
2020 Ohio Mr. Football ?
LSU commit, Roger Bacon running back Corey Kiner is your Ohio Mr. Football for 2020.
Local finalists included Mentor QB Ian Kipp and Kirtland RB Mason Sullivan.
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— NEO Zone HS Sports (@NEOZoneHS) December 11, 2020
Scouts aren't worried about how his game will translate to the college level, but there is a bit of a hesitation when it comes to his NFL outlook at the moment. For all of Kiner's offensive prowess, he doesn't always make defenders miss. That could be exploited by better competition. LSU doesn't seem to be concerned, but that is something worth monitoring.
LSU Football is aiming to return to the playoffs, and Corey Kiner could play a vital role on offense to help get them there. The talent and knack for scoring are there, meaning that the Tigers could have a big-time playmaker on their hands.
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