The Boilermakers have landed a defensive lineman from the transfer portal.
Jamarius Dinkins is a former 3* recruit out of Walnut Ridge HS in Columbus, Ohio. He’ll be playing in a different state that borders Ohio which also borders Kentucky. I like geography. Listed at 6’5” and 280 pounds, he will have two years of eligibility remaining following three years (with a redshirt freshman season) as a Kentucky Wildcat.
Dinkins appeared in 11 games this year, tallying nine tackles, one of which was a tackle for loss, along with two QB hurries.
As a redshirt freshman in 2022, he appeared in nine games, posting nine tackles, one tackle for loss, and an additional TFL in the form of a sack.
Nicknamed “Spider” for his long arms, the nose tackle fell down the depth chart behind senior Josaih Hayes following the addition of UNC transfer Keeshawn Silver.
What This Means For Purdue on the Field
I see him as a rotational guy, never cracked the starting lineup at Kentucky but did see 23 games if you include his redshirt freshman season. Maybe a second stringer as opposed to third, where he was at Kentucky. One solid year and the departure of other DL’s may give him the potential to start in 2025.
He’s a big body and a big plugger of gaps. He uses his length to cause distruption on offensive lines and gain separation from the interior linemen and occasionally tackles. Truth be told I like his skillset better under the defensive-minded Ryan Walters coaching staff when it comes to his potential to develop. I won’t call him a project, but he’s got the speed and length for a bigger guy to pay dividends if given a chance to play more often.
I thought it was a bit harsh, but I asked a Kentucky pal if he had any hard opinions on Dinkins. After he asked “Who?” I listed his stats and he said “If you say so, sure.”
If there’s bad blood and I’m missing something, I’m not entirely sure, but I’ll update if I can figure out if that’s the case. Sure, he played some “garbage time” snaps, but he was rotated in throughout all four quarters during his three-career in Lexington.
What This Means For Purdue in Recruiting
Ryan Walters is still going to go out and recruit another DL or two after losing some hybrid DL-edge rushers, but this is a solid addition of depth with the acquisition of a guy who has shown he can earn snaps.
Purdue will still seek more dedicates (in terms of scheme, not willingness to play, let me make that clear) but from my perspective Dinkins is a solid addition to the defense. Walters and the defensive half of his staff will continue to sift through the portal in addition to making early signing day a heavy priority.