LSU football: Tigers land 4-star running back Corey Kiner

After landing Corey Kiner, Ed Orgeron adds first running back to the 2021 class.

Coach Orgeron has been tearing it up on the recruiting trail this month. After the commitment from Corey Kiner, LSU tallies their third 4-star recruit in the month of May.

According to 247Sports, the Cincinnati native is currently the tenth rated running back in the 2021 class and ultimately chose the Tigers over Florida, Tennessee, Kentucky, Texas A&M, and a number of other competing SEC schools.

Kiner has had a stellar high school career, to say the least. After starting every varsity game since his freshman year, the running back has tallied over 5,000 yards and 88 touchdowns at Roger Bacon.

Kiner isn’t the fastest player on the field, but what he lacks in speed he makes up for in hard-nosed running. In 2018, Kiner clocked in at just 4.76 for his 40 yard dash time– certainly below the average speed of an SEC running back.

But the tale is on the tape, and it’s easy to see why the LSU coaching staff were eager to get the 5’10 tail back. Although his timed speed isn’t much to look at, Kiner runs the ball with minimal hesitation which equates to great playing speed.

Kiner’s stocky frame allows him to bully defenders and break arm tackles with ease as he uses acceleration to burst towards the next level.

Instead of shying away from contact, the LSU commit prefers physical confrontation.

What does this mean for the LSU program? Well, it definitely ensures that the Tigers will have another running back in place after losing Clyde Edwards-Helaire to the NFL.

Chris Curry will be expected to take over rushing duties for the upcoming season, but we should see a healthy mix between the two when Kiner finally gets on campus.

The future one-two combination of Curry and Kiner should supply the Tigers with enough ammunition to compete with other rushing attacks within the conference.

If LSU wants to be a reoccurring name in the College Football Playoffs, they must continue to snag players like Kiner.