MeKale McKay was in and out of Arkansas pretty quickly, but the Louisville (KY) Moore football-basketball standout loved what he saw while in Fayetteville.
McKay (6-6, 190, 4.4) - a 2012 prospect who chose to not sign on the Feb. 1 national signing day- was on a football official visit, but has been assured he can also play basketball.
"I really enjoyed myself and it was a great visit," McKay said. "I got to know the coaches and the players really well and I definitely see it as a place I could play both sports at and be very successful."
McKay, who had 38 catches for 894 yards and 13 touchdowns this season, was hosted by Arkansas tailback Knile Davis and tight end Chris Gragg.
"Those are two great guys, very humble guys who kept it real for me about how things happen at Arkansas," said McKay, who had 21 touchdown catches as a junior. "I was really impressed with those two guys and the whole program.
"We watched a little of the NFL combine on Sunday morning before I headed out," McKay added, "and you can tell that Arkansas knows how to develop its receivers and get them ready for the NFL with those three (Joe Adams, Jarius Wright and Greg Childs) all working out."
McKay – down to SEC foes Arkansas and Ole Miss - came in early Saturday and needed to leave on Sunday afternoon because his basketball team is still playing in the postseason.
McKay is averaging 15 points and 6.4 rebounds for Moore's basketball team, who is 25-4 on the season.
He was just named one of the Region 6 Co-Players of the year.
"We just won the district title and we are just about to start regional play on Tuesday," McKay said. "I am all about the team."
Mustangs head coach Shedrick Jones recently summed up McKay's skills on the basketball court.
"He's played all five positions for us this year, and we're very, very blessed that he has that capability," Jones told the Louisville Courier-Journal. "It's really scary when you think it's only his fourth year of organized basketball and he's doing what he's doing."
McKay has now learned how he would fit into each offense at Arkansas and Ole Miss.
Arkansas quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator Paul Petrino got that across clearly to McKay this weekend.
"They believe that with my size, speed and athletic ability that I can come in and make an impact right away as a freshman," McKay said. "They are planning on playing me at both the inside and outside receiver spots and make it tough for the defensive backs to match up with my size."
He is also excited about how he would fit in with the Razorback basketball program.
"I got to watch their win over Auburn on Saturday and really loved the style they play and how they fought back," McKay said. "I am going to be all about football during basketball season and then go over and try to help win basketball games when we wrap up football season."
McKay has now taken official visits to Ole Miss and Arkansas since the national signing date.
"It's only going to be those two schools," McKay said. "I am going to talk it over with the people important to me and then announce something in about two weeks."
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