Junior receiver eyes early decision

Corona (Calif.) Centennial wide receiver Javon McKinley figures to be a huge part of the Huskies offense next season across from Cal commit Grayson Bankhead.

Corona (Calif.) Centennial wide out Javon McKinley used this summer to get on the map.

The 6-foot-2, 190-pound receiver performed at USC, UCLA and the B2G Elite Camp to build momentum going into his junior season for the Huskies.

“I’m feeling pretty good,” said McKinley. “I got back into offseason training, got some lifting in, couple speed training sessions and practices. It just feels good to get the camps behind me.”

McKinley hit the USC Skills Camp in early June and then the UCLA Elite Camp later in the month.

“UCLA went well,” said McKinley. “The coaches really liked me. Got up there, showed what I could do. I got a couple looks from the staff.

“They were real friendly, getting to know them all, trying to see how I would fit in at the school. I just want to see my possibilities out.

“I’ve just heard they have good academics out there. It’s real nice SoCal weather (at UCLA) just like it is down here.”

McKinley, having grown up a USC fan, has hit the Trojan high school and youth camps in the past.

“I’ve been at the camps before, so it was nothing really new for me,” said McKinley. “They had a couple new drills I guess. I just already knew the coaching staff. I was just talking with them. It was just real good overall.

“It’s a school I’m really looking at. I kind of liked the school since I was a kid. It would be a real privilege to have the opportunity to go there.”

But to go to USC, or UCLA for that matter, McKinley needs scholarship offers.

“They didn’t really say much to me after the performance,” said McKinley. “I just got a lot of them thanking me for coming out to the camp and all of that. I never really talked to them about my overall (performance).”

While USC and UCLA have McKinley on their radar, the Washington Huskies decided to go all-in on the junior wide out early.

“I got an offer from Washington recently and Oregon said they’re going to offer me, so I’m just getting ready to gear up for the season now,” said McKinley. “I want to make a highlight tape, get some highlight reels out there to get more interest.”

Of course, McKinley has already created plenty of buzz in Seattle with new Husky head coach Chris Petersen and Co. 

“They said they liked my size,” said McKinley. “They see talent in me and think that they can make me better. Also, I’ve been to that school. I saw the whole campus on an unofficial visit.

“It’s a real nice school. Real academics out there. A lot of business credentials for that major.”

And while McKinley is satisfied with waiting to see what other schools join Washington in offering him a scholarship, he may not wait very long.

“I’m kind of half and half on when I want to commit,” said McKinley. “I’ll see what offers are out there, but I think I’m going to make my decision around the end of junior year.”

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