McKay Set To Visit Arkansas

Louisville (KY) Moore two-sport standout Mekale McKay (6-6, 192) will take an official visit to Arkansas this weekend and has plans to play both football and basketball for either the Razorbacks or Ole Miss.

Arkansas could be on the verge of getting a play-making wide receiver for Bobby Petrino's football program and an athletic small forward for Mike Anderson's basketball one.

It just so happens it is one person.

Louisville (KY) Moore two-sport star Mekale McKay (6-6, 190) – a 2012 prospect that has not yet signed - said Sunday night he will be taking an official visit to Arkansas this weekend.

"I have talked to both Coach Petrino and Coach Mike Anderson and they are both on board with me playing both sports," McKay said. "That is one of the biggest reasons that I am very interested in Arkansas."

McKay was actually set to sign a football scholarship (and play basketball) with UTEP on Feb. 1 – the national signing date – but backed out a few days before.

"I had a great relationship with the UTEP basketball coach Tim Floyd and we really saw eye-to-eye," McKay said. "But I didn't have that same thing with the football coach Mike Price and in the end I just didn't feel comfortable. So I decided to open it back up."

When he did, schools such as Arkansas, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Cincinnati, Oregon, Houston, Indiana and Illinois all called for either football, basketball or both.

Moore, who had over 50 catches and 21 touchdowns as a junior, settled on taking visits to Ole Miss – which he did Feb. 10-12 - and Arkansas.

"I had a good visit to Ole Miss and know I am excited about getting up to Arkansas and checking every thing out," McKay said. "I am going to make my decision pretty soon after the visit."

Moore, who grew up in Houston and is excited about meeting with Petrino when he arrives on campus Saturday morning.

"He is a great coach and they have a team that is ready to compete for the national championship," McKay said. "They throw the ball a lot and have a great offense and that has me very interested."

He became a fan of Petrino's when he was the head coach at Louisville.

"He has things going at Arkansas just like he did at Louisville," McKay said. "They are one of the country's best programs and he is taking them to the top."

Arkansas has 24 players so far in its 2012 recruiting class so that leaves room for one more under the SEC cap of 25.

"Basically I just want to get up there and see how they would use me in the offense and check everything out," McKay said.

McKay said his height helps him on both the football field and the basketball court.

"Being 6-6, I can go up and get just about any pass thrown my way and I think I have very good hands," McKay said. "That obviously helps in basketball, too. I need to work on my route running, but I know that I will get great teaching on that when I get to college so that will come."

Moore is coming off a weekend in which he had 22 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists on Friday night while leading Moore over Pleasure Ridge Park 73-72.

"A lot of people see my scoring and think that is what I am all about, but I pride myself on being able to pass the ball really well and make plays for my teammates," McKay said. "I also take a lot of pride in being a lockdown defender. I take it as a challenge to try and take the other teams best player out of the game with my defense."

McKay is averaging 17 points per game for Moore, who is 25-4 this season.

"I think it would be fun to play for Coach Anderson," McKay said. "Just like the football program is on an upswing, basketball is also. The have some big wins this season and I know it is just going to keep getting better."

McKay has found it hard to pick a first love between basketball and football.

"At first I was all about football and it was my first love, but then I got into basketball and it became a love of mine as well," McKay said. "I just went back and forth on whether I should play basketball in college or football.

"In the end, I just didn't see a reason why I couldn't just go ahead and play both," McKay added. "I think that is what I need to do and what I was meant to do."

McKay is aware that Arkansas back-up quarterback Brandon Mitchell is playing basketball for the Razorbacks now.

"That shows you right there that Coach Petrino is a man of his word letting Brandon Mitchell play and he is a quarterback," McKay said. "That shows me that Coach Petrino and Coach Anderson have a good relationship and work together on what is best for a player that can handle both."

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