McKinney Switches to ECU

Hutchinson C.C. (Kansas) offensive guard Quincy McKinney was one of ECU's biggest Signing Day 2014 acquisitions when he flipped his commitment from Louisville. Inside ECU Sports spoke with him about the switch.

Last month, Quincy McKinney had never even been to ECU.

Just last week the 6-foot-3, 300-pound offensive lineman signed a letter of intent with the Pirates after committing to Louisville three days before. McKinney was a huge mid-day pickup for ECU, he joins six other linemen in the class.

McKinney was also considering ECU's rival N.C. State, a school he previously attended, but in the end the environment at ECU is what sold him.

"I knew any of the three schools I chose would be a winning situation," said McKinney. "I just feel like I will get taken care of better in Greenville (at ECU)."

McKinney graduated from Carver High School (Columbus, Ga.) in the class of 2011 with interest from top programs. He signed a letter of intent to South Carolina on Jan. 2, 2011.

Unfortunately academic struggles inhibited McKinney from ever reporting to campus. That's when he began his junior college (JUCO) career attending prep school at Fork Union Military Academy in Virginia where he also received a ton of interest from schools.

N.C. State eventually offered McKinney and he committed to the Wolfpack by signing his letter of intent on Feb. 2, 2012.

At the start of 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 – the same school ECU wide receiver Jabril Solomon attended.

McKinney can provide immediate depth on the offensive line for ECU a unit that lost both guards to graduation.

After signing so many letters of intent and being at so many schools, McKinney is ready to finish his college career as a Pirate.

"I have two more years left of eligibility left and I'm eager to get on the field and contribute to the team," said McKinney. "I'm very happy with my decision and can't wait to get to work."

Coaches have told McKinney to report to school in May just before summer workouts begin.

Santa Monica (Calif.) College offensive tackle Dontae Levingston was the only other JUCO player the Pirates signed on Feb. 5, 2014. Both juniors will have a chance to see significant playing time for the Pirates next season with a successful transition.

"McKinney and Levingston are great football players," said ECU Head Coach Ruffin McNeill. "They will fill the need for us since we lost both guards to graduation. Quincy will compete for the guard spot and Dontae is a guy we expect to come in and compete at the tackle position. They give us great depth."

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