Auburn Offers Big Play Threat

Auburn was the first to offer this speedy receiver from the Sunshine State.

Jacksonville, Fla.--One of the things the Auburn Tigers are looking for in the 2008 football signee class is a playmaker at the wide receiver position. A prospect who fits description is speedy Cameron McKinnon from Nathan Bedford Forrest High.

At 5-11, 175, McKinnon won't overwhelm you with his size and physical play at the receiver position, but when the ball is in his hands everyone stands up and takes notice.

Playing some running back but mostly receiver as a junior, McKinnon missed all but five games in 2006 but still managed to put up some huge numbers catching the football. That has colleges from all over the South looking to Jacksonville to check him out.

One of the programs looking seriously at McKinnon is Auburn. Being recruited for AU by tight ends coach Steve Ensminger, McKinnon says that the Tigers are his only offer at the moment and he still can't believe they pulled the trigger on him this early.

"To tell you the truth, I really wasn't expecting it," McKinnon says, "At least not from Auburn for my first one. UCF was really talking about giving me an offer, but I got one from Auburn first. I got my offer before I visited for the A-Day game."

In Auburn to check out the facilities, talk with current players and coaches as well as to get a feel for the community, McKinnon says everything went very good for him on the Plains. He says several things stood out for him on the trip and it was enough for him to name the Tigers as his early leader.

"I had a good time on my visit," McKinnon says. "Basically, the coaches just told me to keep my grades straight and if I do that things would be good.

"I really liked the weight room. They have a nice weight room. They have an upstairs and downstairs weight room. That was nice. Right now Auburn is at the top. I haven't visited many colleges except for small colleges so Auburn really stands out."

McKinnon is far from settled on his decision though as a number of schools are showing interest in the speedster. At the moment, McKinnon says he is hearing from Miami, Central Florida, LSU, Georgia, Michigan State, Vanderbilt, West Virginia and several more schools.

A starter since a portion of his freshman season for Forrest, McKinnon was electric as a junior. Despite missing part of the season with hamstring and ankle problems and playing in just five games, he caught 12 passes for 411 yards and five touchdowns. Also playing some defense and special teams, McKinnon says he returned his only kickoff 78 yards after finally getting healthy enough to do that late in the season.

Also a standout on the track, McKinnon says his best career time in the 40-yard dash is 4.38 seconds and he notes he consistently clocks times in the 4.4-4.5 range. That speed makes him a solid performer in the 100, 200 and 4x100 relay teams for Forrest.

McKinnon is scheduled to visit Georgia on April 7 and then he'll focus on finishing school strongly and get ready for camp. He plans to visit Auburn for the two-day senior camp in June and also plans to check out camps at Florida, Georgia and Miami.


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