(Ralph Kinne of Shelton is one of the top two way threats in Washington)
While his friend and teammate David Ajamu has deservedly gotten all of the early attention, Shelton RB/S Ralph Kinne (5-10 207 Sr. RB/S) isn’t a slouch and he’s been getting a lot of interest from several FBS and FCS programs. The talented two-way stud recently took in the Northwest Stars camp at the University of Washington and talked with Northwest Elite Index about what he’s been up to this summer as well as what he does best on the football field.
"I love to run the ball and I love having the ball in my hands," Kinne told NEI. "I can run between the tackles or out of the spread, read-zone, that sorta stuff. Last year we did mostly spread, but this year we’re getting back more to power and that’s something I think that will really help us and I love to run those types of plays."
As a junior in 2011, Kinne totaled over 1,400 yards and scored 18 touchdowns on offense while totaling over 50 tackles on defense from his safety position. He earned All-Narrows honors for his efforts and this year he plans on having and even bigger season while hoping to lead his team, which went 2-8 last year, to the post-season.
As the talk turned to recruiting, Kinne had been hearing from a couple of schools and he is hitting camps in the Northwest as well as the Northeast.
"I have gone to Washington State’s camp and I was here at the Northwest Stars camp," Kinne noted. "I’m traveling up to the Northeast to go to the Northeast Elite camp up there and I’ll get out and see some of the schools up there that have shown some interest in me.
"I have gotten information from Syracuse and a lot of the Ivy League schools like me a lot. I’ve been hearing from some of the schools up here too, Washington State, Idaho and Eastern Washington. I’d like to stay home, but I’ll go wherever I get the opportunity to keep playing."
In addition to being a very productive player on the field, Kinne also has locked it down in the classroom as well, posting a 3.65 GPA. He has the brains and the brawn, he just needs to find a place that will give him the chance to keep playing. He could be a real steal for a school, and probably projects better on the defensive side of the ball where he shows great instincts and ball-hawking abilities.
We will continue to keep track of Kinne in the coming weeks and months and we will update news as it happens with him.
Ralph Kinne Highlights….
(Kinne with good friend and teammate David Ajamu, one of the region’s and maybe the nation’s top TE’s)