Robert Dinkins of Olympic High School in Charlotte signed his letter of intent to play for the North Carolina Tar Heels today. Dinkins is a three-star defensive end prospect who committed to the Tar Heels in June of 2012 as one of the first commits to the 2014 class. Dinkins will look to contribute right away and fill the void that Kareem Martin left on the defensive line.
Rank: 39th Positional, 19th State
Rating: Three Star (ESPN)
Hometown: Charlotte, NC
I really liked what I saw on tape from Robert Dinkins. He projects as a talented edge rusher for the Tar Heels, with a possibility of moving to linebacker eventually due to lack of ideal DE size. I could also see him taking over the Bandit position once Norkeithus Otis leaves in a year or two, but the Heels have a lot of talent at that position already, in guys like Otis, Darius Lipford, Shakeel Rashad, and Junior Gnonkonde. Dinkins is most likely to make an impact as a freshman on third downs as a speedy pass rusher.
He looks good on film, and did a lot of things well in high school. He has really good speed rushing the passer, but needs to work on his inside move and staying low on tackles.
ESPN has Dinkins rated as the Heel’s top defensive commit, and he should be able to step in and compete for a starting job this fall if the coaches decided not to redshirt him. There is a lot of upside and talent from UNC’s best defensive line commit.
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