Putnam North Duo

Oklahoma City (Okla.) Putnam North offensive lineman Myron McKinney (6-3, 305) reaffirms his commitment ahead of his official visit this weekend and pumps up teammate Blaine Hainbach (6-1, 225, 4.5), a linebacker he hopes is a future Razorback as well.

Oklahoma City Putnam North offensive lineman Myron McKinney (6-3, 305) and linebacker Blaine Hainbach (6-1, 225) will be two of the 15 or so recruits that will take official visits this weekend to the University of Arkansas.

McKinney, who reaffirmed his commitment to the Razorbacks on Sunday night, hopes Hainbach will soon be joining him in verbally pledging to play at Arkansas.

"Basically he has told me that if Arkansas offers him, he will commit on the spot," McKinney said. "He's got offers from Wyoming and all three service academies - Air Force, the Army and the Navy - but he wants to come join me in Fayetteville."

McKinney is certainly thinks highly of his teammate.

"Blaine moved to our school from Dallas a year ago and as a linebacker, he has what it takes to be a great one to me," McKinney said. "He's the real deal. He has the speed, the vision, a nose for the ball and when I watch film on him after games it seems there is always a wow play in there somewhere. He is a very smart kid and some have compared him to (former Oklahoma linebacker) Teddy Lehman. I hope it works out for him."

McKinney has no doubt put a little skepticism in Arkansas fans by comments he has made to Oklahoma State University recruiting writers about his intentions.

One report even said that OSU might have pulled ahead of Arkansas.

"I think I put myself in a situation where I answer too many questions and what comes out is not exactly what I really said all the time," McKinney said. "I also hate to say anything bad about anyone so you can just say it was a phase I was going through that has ended."

He does say that his mom - who will visit Arkansas with him this weekend - has wanted him to go to OSU, whose campus is just 45 minutes from his house.

"Mom has wanted me to go to OSU because it's so close and I did think about that because I am a respectful son," McKinney said. "But I think she understands now why I like Arkansas so much and she'll get a chance to see everything this weekend."

McKinney wants to stress something to Arkansas fans.

"I want to assure you and all the Arkansas fans that I see myself playing at Arkansas and nowhere else," McKinney said. "I will be at Arkansas."

McKinney is not taking an official visit to Oklahoma State, but does plans to go with some teammates to Missouri on Dec. 9-11.

"Their coach called me and I said 'look, I am going to Arkansas and you are just going to be wasting your money bringing me up there,'" McKinney said. "But he said just come on up. But tell everybody that doesn't mean anything. I am going to Arkansas."

McKinney attended every Arkansas home game in Fayetteville on unofficial visits this season, but is excited about the official one.

"I have seen all the football program has to offer, but now I am excited about seeing what the actual school has to offer," McKinney said. "There are several things I am interested in studying and this will give me a chance to look that all over. I'm looking forward to talking with some professors."

No doubt there will be some anxious moments from both coaches and fans until McKinney's name is signed on the national letter-of-intent.

"I'm going to play at Arkansas," McKinney said. "I'm going to be a Razorback."


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