Yeah, I think having Vince Marrow take over instate recruiting was a pretty good idea. Bowling Green’s Jordan Dingle made it official on KSR and becomes the fifth top-500 prospect to pledge in the class of 2021. The Wildcats now have received 16 commits from the home state since the class of 2019 and Dingle will join high school teammate Vito Tisdale in Lexington.
The high three-star tight end picked Kentucky over Purdue and Vanderbilt as academics played a major role in his recruitment. However, it is worth nothing that Dingle received a written offer from Ohio State as he drew some major interest. Now it’s time to step into the KSR Film Room and show you just what Marrow’s position room is adding in this athletic tight end.
— Jordan Dingle ? (@jordandingle21) August 1, 2020
In today’s game, tight ends can provide unique matchups that are tough for defenses to matchup with. These jumbo athletes can force defenses to play with bigger personnel, but if they can flex out and make plays in space it can be a great method of attack for your offense and create very reliable targets for your quarterback. Bowling Green uses Dingle in the slot quite often and he is able to make some plays.
The routes being run are not complex at all, but you can easily see just how good of an athlete he is. At 6-4 and 235 pounds, Dingle runs through tackles, shows some nice change of direction and creates a scoring play as he rumbles into the endzone. It’s easy to see some of the athletic ability and why many schools were involved in this recruitment.
In Kentucky’s offensive scheme, they ask their tight ends to do a lot. This position group needs be an in-line blocker is split out wide in certain situations and also acts as a glorified fullback in certain scenarios. Here Bowling Green has Dingle as an H-back and he makes a very impressive block.
Dingle attacks under control and is able to effective reach the linebacker despite not having a great angle. He then does a very good job finishing and ends his assignment with a pancake block creating a major win. The athletic ability is there, but it’s clear that it is a prerequisite for UK’s skill talent be able to block in the run game. Dingle shows that potential.
Dingle has really good size, athleticism and is willing to do what you want a tight end to do. He has positional versatility as Bowling Green used him in the slot, as an in-line tight end and H-Back. The routes were pretty simple, but he caught the ball away from his body and was consistently able to break tackles. He used the correct angles on blocks and provides some oomph on contact. He checks a lot of boxes and you can easily see him playing at the next level.
Marrow gets another major recruiting win and Kentucky continues to have a ton of success in its own state as they’ve hit on multiple players from Louisville, Lexington and Bowling Green in the last three classes. After not adding a tight end in 2020, it was a necessity in 2021 and the Wildcats were able to nab on one of the top prospects on their board.