McKinney Names a Leader

The Central Michigan University football program added its seventh verbal commitment last night. This Sunday the Chippewas host their 5-Star Recruiting Day in an effort to bring some highly-touted recruits to campus, including La Grange Park (Ill.) Nazareth Academy running back LaSteven McKinney.

Running back LaSteven McKinney will be the first one to tell you he is tailor made for the spread offense like that run by Central Michigan.

It's no wonder then, that the 5-foot-9, 175-pounder with blazing 4.39 speed in the 40-yard dash recently named the Chippewas his current leader.

"Central Michigan is amazing," McKinney said, "they're number one right now. I really like it up there (at CMU)."

Rated among the top running backs in the state of Illinois this year, McKinney attended a one-day camp at CMU this summer after which he was offered a scholarship. He said he's excited to be returning to campus tomorrow (Aug. 2) when the Chippewas are expected to host a handful of their top prospects for 5-Star Recruitng Day.

"One of the areas I plan to take a closer look at is the training table, how many meals they eat together," McKinney said. "CMU is looking for me to play running back or slot receiver and has told me I could replace Antonio Brown."

Although McKinney has stated CMU is his No. 1 school right now, he received an offer from Louisville a couple weeks ago that could change things.

"Louisville offered me July 13, it kind of caught me by surprise," said McKinney, who also reports offers from Toledo and Eastern Michigan. "That offer kind of threw a monkey wrench into my decision timeline. I also have Iowa and Purdue that seem clsoe to offering too."

Still, McKinney feels that CMU's location coupled with its high-powered spread offense could be the perfect fit for him.

"CMU is like a home away from home, everyone is very nice," McKinney said. "It's like one big happy family."


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