Unfortunately South Carolina didn't end up being the place for McKinney academically and he never made it to campus. Instead, he attended prep school at Fork Union Military Academy in Virginia and received a ton of interest from schools.
ECU's in-state rival N.C. State eventually offered McKinney and he committed to the Wolfpack by signing his letter of intent on Feb. 2, 2012.
Coming into the 2012 season McKinney was listed as the No.2 offensive tackle on N.C State's depth chart. Again academic troubles led to McKinney leaving school and that's when he ended up at Hutchinson C.C. in Kansas.
Hutchinson is the same Junior College ECU wide receiver Jabril Solomon attended. The Pirates have a connection with Hutchinson's coaches and have extended an offer to McKinney. He also knows a former teammate from State that transferred to ECU.
"I've never been to ECU before," said McKinney. "But the conversations I have had with the coaches have been good. They have been real with me and told me what they expect from me. I also know K'Hhadree Hooker; he was at State with me."
With Signing Day 2014 approaching, McKinney has set up visits to help him close in on a decision. Jan. 17 he will visit ECU for the first time and the following weekend (Jan. 24) he will visit N.C. State. So far he hasn't expressed preferred interest in one or the other.
"I've become sharper on my technique," said McKinney. "I've learned to become technically sound while still being able to keep my aggressiveness as a player since high school."
Jan. 17 will be a huge day for ECU to convince McKinney to commit and a successful visit could be the hook line and sinker.