Former Goose Creek DE Javon Kinlaw is preparing for his first season at Jones County JC, MS but as a three technique defensive tackle. And he expects this to be his only season there.
Kinlaw committed to the previous USC staff and enrolled early at Jones after realizing he would not qualify. He said his grades are on track for him to graduate in May meaning he will only use up on season of eligibility. He said his overall GPA currently is a 3.0.
“If I just keep on doing what I’m doing I’ll be out of here,” Kinlaw said. “I don’t have any room for error. I have to pass every class.”
Kinlaw said his weight had reached 321 pounds but he’s lost 11 of that and he feels like his 6-7 frame can carry the load.
“Practice has been going pretty good,” he said. “I’ve been trying to keep up with the tempo and the fast pace. I’m not use to that. I’m just trying to do my best and get use to the game. It’s still pretty new to me. I’ve improved in the strength category, speed, quickness, my get off, it’s at another level. Every aspect of my game has improved dramatically. I just need to learn how to be more consistent instead of making plays and taking plays off. Do it every play.”
Kinlaw said he remains firmly committed to the Gamecocks and as such schools are basically leaving him alone. And he said the new coaching staff is still committed to him as long as he continues to make progress, they are checking on him.
“I talked to coach Muschamp the other day and I talked to coach Thompson today,” Kinlaw said. “They keep in touch with me and make sure I’m alright down here.”
Kinlaw said he’s talked with the coaches about making an official visit sometime in December.