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Three-Star Tight End Khalil Dinkins Commits To Penn State

Penn State football added the first tight end to its recruiting class of 2021 Wednesday.

Three-star prospect Khalil Dinkins announced his commitment to the Nittany Lions via Twitter.

Dinkins, who hails from Wexford, Pennsylvania, is ranked as the 19th-best player in the state and the 16th-best tight end in the nation, according to 247Sports. He’s the 14th player to join Penn State’s recruiting class of 2021.

The 6’3″, 220-pound pass-catcher joined the Nittany Lions over 15 other offers, including looks from Boston College, Pitt, and Georgia Tech. Dinkins’ father, Darnell Dinkins, was a force at safety for Pitt in the late 90s and went on to play eight years in the NFL. He also worked as a tight ends coach for the the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Rutgers.

Dinkins had a productive junior season at North Allegheny High School this past fall. He hauled in 16 catches worth 399 yards and six touchdowns in 2019.

While he’s the first tight end to join this recruiting class, the Nittany Lions have a lot of depth at the position ahead and behind Dinkins.

Along with bonafide superstar Pat Freiermuth, Tyler Bowen has young talents such as Brenton Strange, Zach Kuntz, and Theo Johnson to work with in his position group. Penn State also boasts commitments from tight ends Jerry Cross and Holden Staes in its class of 2022.

Check out Dinkins’ best plays from his junior season of high school football here.

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Will Pegler

Will is a senior majoring in digital and print journalism and is an associate editor for Onward State. He is from Darien, Connecticut and is a lifelong Penn State football fan. He loves a good 80's comedy movie, Peaky Blinders, The Office, and the New York Yankees and Giants. You can catch some of his ridiculous sports takes on his Twitter @gritdude and yell at him on his email [email protected]

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