Height/Weight: 5-foot-11, 170 pounds
Hometown/High School: Detroit, MI (Cass Tech)
Ranking: ★★★★ (0.8950 247Sports Composite)
Notable Offers: Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska, and Wisconsin
Kalen, and his brother Kobe, have been on the radar for quite some time. Kalen earned his offer from the Nittany Lions back in April 2019, and made two visits to Happy Valley within the last year. Despite that, Penn State only seemed like contenders — not the leaders — for the Kings.
That all changed recently, though. The Kings released their top seven last week and stated that a commitment would be coming shortly thereafter. On the heels of fellow Detroit-area prospect Jaylen Reed making the call for the Nittany Lions, the Kings did the same, becoming the 5th and 6th members of Penn State’s 2021 recruiting class.
Kalen King is your prototypical four-star cornerback prospect. He has solid size at 5-foot-11, and it looks like length shouldn’t be an issue. Last year at the Nike Combine, he put up really fantastic numbers for a high school sophomore: 34.4 inch vertical to go along with a ridiculous 3.95 shuttle time. Good technique and ball skills. At 170 pounds, he’ll need to add some mass, but that’s hardly a major concern. All in all, while King might lack elite size that will hinder him from being a Top 100 prospect, he’s another very solid get in what’s becoming an uber-talented cornerback room at Penn State.
As for the recruiting side of things, with Reed and the Kings now in the fold, safeties coach Tim Banks (Detroit native) has even more juice on the trail in Michigan. The Nittany Lions remain in contention for four-star RB Donovan Edwards, four-star OL Rocco Spindler, and four-star LB Jamari Buddin, so all of this is setting up to potentially be a historic haul for Penn State in Michigan.