"About three weeks after football season, my coach gave me a note," said McKinney. "I was talking with my principal about it and he told me I had been selected to the game."
Benardrick reports the week surpassed any expectations he had for the event.
"It's been fun," said McKinney. "Rufus (Warren) has been tripping us out making jokes all of the time. It's been real fun."
As a quarterback and linebacker at Rosa Fort, Benardrick has seen just about all there is to see on the football field, but he is learning something new this week.
"It's different because in my defense I just drop to curl, but I am holding slot receivers now," said McKinney. "It's difficult to learn, but I am getting it."
Benardrick and fellow North All-Star are slated to take their official visits to Mississippi State, their school of choice, next month.
The official excursion will be the final leg of a journey to Starkville that the talented linebacker always hoped to make.
"I really want to go to Mississippi State," said McKinney. "I have been watching them since I was little and I have always wanted to play there."