Kalen King

Courtesy of Penn State Athletics

Today, as the early National Letter of Intent signing day period kicks off, most — if not all — of the newest members of the Penn State recruiting class will sign on the dotted line, accepting a scholarship to play football for the Nittany Lions. For every player who does sign, I’ll be here to provide an in-depth scouting report. Here is my report on Michigan defensive back Kalen King.

Height: 5-11
Weight: 170
School: Cass Technical HS (Detroit)
Projected position: Cornerback

Other Power 5 offers: Arkansas, Boston College, Colorado, Indiana, Iowa, Iowa State, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Pittsburgh, Purdue, Syracuse, West Virginia, Wisconsin

Rating: Four stars by Rivals.com and 247sports; Three stars by ESPN

Projection: If the last name and the offers list seem familiar, it’s because they’re about the same as his brother, Kobe King, who is also part of this class. Kalen King is kind of the same deal at cornerback as Kobe is at linebacker. They are both two-way players who have a nose for the football. Neither are freaks, size-wise; in fact, Kalen King might be a little small even at cornerback. But he’s already a good cover guy who can catch the ball and has plenty of play-making ability once he gets it. He needs to get stronger and should also get faster once he gets into Penn State’s strength and conditioning program. He’s not an immediate, every-down contributor in all likelihood. But he’s another player in this class who can be a multi-year contributor.