McKinney Receiving Full Court Press

The Clemson Tigers will get an official visit this weekend from one of the top defensive tackles in the nation when James McKinney visits Tiger Town. Where do the Tigers stand after a visit from Coach West and a phone call with Coach Bowden? <BR>

With recruiting seemingly hitting the home stretch here in December, the Clemson Tigers are putting on a full court press for prize recruit DL James McKinney.

Clemson defensive line Coach Ron West traveled to Louisville earlier this week to visit with the four star prospect. "It was a good visit," stated McKinney in an interview with

McKinney also received a phone call on Thursday with Tommy Bowden. "I spoke with Coach Bowden earlier today. He was at a banquet in Columbia. He said everyone was asking about me."

The Tigers will get their chance to impress the 6-3, 265 pound prospect this weekend, when he arrives in Clemson for his official visit. "I am leaving at 9:00 Friday morning to go up to Clemson. I will be going by myself."

When asked if he has a leader, McKinney responded, "No, not right now. Michigan, Louisville, Nebraska, Clemson, Oklahoma and Ohio State are my favorites."

The official visit tour has actually already begun for the talented lineman. "I have already visited Nebraska. I will also be going to Ohio State, Oklahoma and Michigan."

What will be most important when McKinney makes his decision? "I want to see how I am treated by the people. I will look at the atmosphere and the coaches. I don't want to play for a coach that distances himself from the players. I want a personal relationship with the position coach and the players," said the four-star prospect. Coach West has impressed McKinney and his family. "I have a good relationship with Coach West. I talked to him on the phone and met him last spring. He is a pretty good guy. My mom likes him the best among all the visitors we have had so far.

"I will wait until the middle of January to make my decision. I want to wait until after the All-American game."

We will continue to keep you updated on this outstanding defensive tackle from Kentucky, right up through signing day 2005. Top Stories