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Penn State Football All 105: ILB Kobe King

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All 105 is a Nittany Sports Now series profiling each Penn State football player. Here’s a profile of linebacker Kobe King

Height: 6-foot-1

Weight: 242 pounds 

Before Penn State: King, a Detroit, Michigan, native, played with his twin brother Kalen, now a defensive back for Penn State, at Detroit Cass Technical School. Like Kalen, Kobe was a three-sport athlete as Cass, also wrestling and running track.

By the time he left high school, Kobe King was a three-star recruit according to 247Sports’ composite rankings. He and his brother both committed to Penn State April 10, 2020.

2021: King, who redshirted his freshman season, appeared in four games for Penn State.

Where he stands: King is in the mix to start at MIKE linebacker for Penn State. He’s competing with Tyler Elsdon for the job.

With Jesse Luketa, Ellis Brooks and Brandon Smith all gone, Penn State will need people to step up at linebacker. Kobe King’s brother, Kalen, is expected to start at cornerback, and if Kobe performs well over training camp, there could be a pair of Kings in Penn State’s starting defense Sept. 1 at Purdue.


A quote about King: 

Elsdon, the man who is competing with King for a starting job, has a great relationship with his teammate and feels that the competition is a good thing for both players.

“No matter who’s on the field, even though we’re competing, we’re really pushing each other to be the best versions of ourselves,” Elsdon told reporters via Zoom in April, “so I think it’s a very healthy relationship between me and Kobe.”

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