McGinnis and Gators impressed with each other

The offensive guys kind of stole the show at Florida's Friday night Lights last weekend. But one defender likely stood out among the crowd that actually participated. Warren Eastern Charter School (New Orleans, La.) is home to class of 2015 high school football prospect Arthur McGinnis and he put on a great display Friday.

Scout.com was there to cover the action and national recruiting analyst Chad Simmons had this to say about Arthur McGinnis from the event.

"The 6-foot-2, 215 pound rising junior had to impress Florida because he definitely impressed Scout," Simmons said emphatically in his report following the camp.

"McGinnis clearly had the best night of the linebackers. He was smooth, fluid and quick going through the cone and bag drills. He was equally adapt at covering both running backs and tight ends in 1-on-1's.

As it turns out, McGinnis enjoyed the action on the field and in the lights of The Swamp.

"I liked it," McGinnis said. "It was a great learning experience. I got to work with the coaches and get the vibe on how their coaching system works. I learned some different things and it was exciting."

The guy leading the linebacker drills was defensive coordinator and linebacker coach D.J. Durkin. McGinnis said he learned a lot from a guy that just had two of his stars drafted in the NFL.

"He is an extraordinary coach," McGinnis said of Durkin. "The way he presents his lessons and techniques it is totally different from other coaches."

He walked through one thing that Durkin corrected in his game.

"When I get back in my stance, he taught me how to check my feet," the young linebacker stated. "When the ball is hiked, you want to check your feet and check (for) run."

After the event McGinnis was able to get a hold of his feelings for Florida and what an opportunity to play for the Gators would mean.

"I love the Florida Gators and this experience right here makes me love them even more," he said. "Florida is one of the teams I loved growing up."

He also got to talk to the coaching staff and simply because he missed last year with injuries, the Gators were reluctant to pull the trigger on an offer. However, they saw enough of him Friday night to let him know he is a top priority for the staff on the recruiting trail.

"Last year I didn't get to play because of an injury I suffered," he said. "They were telling me they want to offer me but they want to get more film. They said after the first few games they will talk to me because they are on me hard right now."

McGinnis currently stands with three offers from the likes of Texas A&M, UCLA, and Mississippi State. However two of those schools make up his top three along with the one he got his last impression from.

"Texas A&M, UCLA, and Florida are my top three," he said.

The Aggies are putting the hard sell on him and have a lot to bring to the table.

"I went to Texas A&M Sunday and the campus and the new stuff they are adding to the facilities are amazing," he said. "I like their coaching system and the overall things at Texas A&M."

UCLA is a program he grew up liking. "Coach Aldridge and I worked together when I went out there," he said of a camp experience. "He is a really good coach. I have been fan of UCLA. I just started liking them on my own.

He ran a 4.47 a LSI's camp a few weeks ago. He starred at Friday Night Lights. Now it is time for his star to shine a bit moving forward.


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