Focus 2015: Arthur McGinnis

Warren Easton (New Orleans) LB Arthur McGinnis has made his mark this spring on the camp and combine circuit. Read on to get Easton defensive coordinator Jerry Phillips' take on McGinnis, including how the sophomore stacks up, potential-wise, with departing senior star Edward Williams.

Arthur McGinnis sat out his sophomore season due to knee and ankle sprains, but he's already a proven commodity.

"He was actually a starter as a freshman, when he played d-end," Easton DC Jerry Phillips said. "He had a decent freshman year, making a few sacks and using his speed to run backs down.

"He was hurt last year, and I've never seen him more motivated than he is now. He's been tearing camps up. Right now, we're going to try him at outside linebacker where he can use his speed and coverage ability. He'll be on the strongside but can play will linebacker, too."

How does McGinnis compare with Easton departing senior LB Edward Williams, who signed with Tulane over offers from Miami, Texas Tech and many other BCS schools?

"His ability is even better than Edward's," Phillips raved. "Arthur is faster and stronger and taller. Actually, Edward also played defensive line before we moved him to linebacker. The thing about Edward is his knack for finding the football.

"Arthur is a lot faster than I thought he was. He's gotten bigger and a lot stronger, and has been hitting the weights hard. It'll be different - going from his hand on the ground to standing up - and we'll see if he'll quickly adapt."

Easton has become a hotspot for college recruiters, thanks to McGinnis, Williams, Tulane OL signee Jason Stewart, and sophomores Tyron Johnson and Deshawn Capers-Smith.

"It's going to be crazy this spring," Phillips laughed. "Florida State was here this morning. Their coach assigned to this area never knew the school was here because we haven't had this much talent until now. They really like Capers-Smith and Johnson."

Returning to McGinnis, Phillips concluded with praise for the 6-2, 205-pounder.

"He's a real good kid," Phillips said. "He knows that since he's been getting so much love from these camps, he'll have to perform. He says he's up to the challenge."

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