McKinzy Talks Multiple Roles, Recruiting

Auburn commitment Cassanova McKinzy talks about his senior season and gives a recruiting update. Highlights from his game week 2 against McAdory are also featured in this report.

Birmingham, Ala.—Auburn commitment Cassanova McKinzy is two games into his senior season at Woodlawn High School. The Colonels are off to a 1-1 start after beating Faith Academy 20-9 in the season opener and nearly pulling off the upset of #10 McAdory last Friday.

Woodlawn has averaged just three wins per season in McKinzy's three years. On Friday the Colonels trailed by just a missed extra point at 7-6 for much of the 2nd half until McAdory put the game away with a touchdown and recovered kickoff with a minute to go. McAdory won 14-6.

"I feel like we've got a way better team than my other years," McKinzy says. "We just came out and played hard. Coach (Bruce) Breland was basically telling us after the game that we've got to be a four-quarter team.

"How we played, we can still feel a little proud of ourselves. We've been through some long seasons. If feel like if we can hang with this team, one of the better teams in our division, I feel like we can handle anybody."

Woodlawn plays host to Parker on Friday.

McKinzy, the first commitment for the class of 2012 for Auburn on March 24, 2011, plays both ways for the Colonels. He plays fullback in the I-formation, singleback in shotgun, defensive end and linebacker. In all he usually tallies 100 plays or more.

At 6-3, 230 pounds, McKinzy is slated to play linebacker at Auburn, an area of need for the Tigers.

On defense against McAdory, McKinzy played some linebacker, but mostly as a standup defensive end against an offensive scheme with a pair of wing backs, lots of tosses and speed sweeps.

"We were basically still in a 4-3," the Auburn commit explains. "We stood our defensive ends up like linebackers to crash the wings and to keep the play inside. I feel like I got a lot of respect from those guys putting two or three blockers to keep me out."

Offensive philosophy varies the most at the high school level, so McKinzy's role won't always be as a defensive end. He also wants to maintain his role on offense throughout the season.

"It depends on who we play," he says. "We can't be playing the same defense every game. We have to watch film and do work. I feel more comfortable at linebacker so I can go ahead and learn it better.

"I really can't choose if I like offense or defense more," McKinzy adds. "It's football. I love both of them. I can't choose."

McKinzy has developed a relationship with several 2012 prospects, some committed to Auburn and some not.

"I've been talking to Kwon (Alexander), Zeke (Pike), Darrion (Hutcherson)," he says. "I was talking to Geno (Smith), even though he committed (to Alabama), not trying to get him to change his mind but trying to be a good friend just in case we run into each other on the field. We can be like, ‘Hey,' and stuff like that. That's about it."

McKinzy says he's "100 percent" committed to Auburn but is still hearing from other schools and is going to take visits this fall.

"They're still trying to talk to me and trying to get me to see what their school has," he explains. "Alabama, Clemson and Florida State. I'm going to take visits, but it's going to be out of town. It's not going to be to Alabama. In my mind that's a slap in the face. Why take a visit to another in-state school? That's just how I feel about it."

McKinzy says he'll be in Auburn on Saturday for the Auburn versus Mississippi State game.

Click the link below to watch highlights of McKinzy versus McAdory.

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