Profiling Jacquez McKissic

With prototype size for either tight end or defensive end, Opelika's Jacquez McKissic could develop into one of the state's top recruits.

McKissic (6-7, 250) is a stellar two-way player from one of the states best high school programs. Tide recruiting fans will recognize the name. He's the cousin of Bama receiver Triandos Luke and Auburn signee Kelcy McKissic-Luke.

Jacquez McKissic began his junior year for Opelika High School at offensive tackle and showed he can be an effective blocker. That blocking ability together with his size had several scouts projecting him as a tight end in college. However, he moved over to defensive end for the final six games of his junior year and showed that he is a natural pass rusher and solid run stopper as well.

McKissic finished his junior year with 32 tackles and eight sacks in just six games on defense. According to his coaches he is very active and his motor never stops on the field.

From a very athletic family, McKissic has been clocked at 4.96 in the forty-yard dash. He also sports a 32-inch vertical jump.

His summer football camps include both Auburn and Alabama. McKissic's height and long arms impressed observers at Bama's recent mini-camp.

McKissic waits his turn at the vertical jump during the Alabama's mini-camp.

Whether he ends up at tight end or defensive end remains to be seen, but he clearly has athletic potential.

McKissic bench presses 260 pounds, squats 395, and hang cleans 265. He will likely require a redshirt year in order to get stronger.

The Opelika native carries a 3.0 GPA in the classroom and scored 17 on the ACT his first try.

According to McKissic, he is looking strong at Alabama, Auburn, Iowa, North Carolina State, Louisville, Southern Miss, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Georgia and Georgia Tech.

SCOUTING NOTE: McKissic clearly needs to get stronger, but his good speed and excellent size make him a player to watch. At this point the Tide coaches seem to think defensive end might be his best position.

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