"To be honest, I had no clue what I was going to see," McKinney told Cardinal Authority. "I had never been to Louisville, I just didn't know what to expect."
The 6-foot-4, 300-pound McKinney liked what he saw so much that one day after returning to Kansas he's now committed to the Cardinals.
McKinney became the 17th verbal commitment in the Class of 2014 and the fourth offensive lineman on board with the new coaching staff at U of L.
"It was quite an impressive place," McKinney said. "I was looking forward to see how Louisville, as a program, attended to their business. I was impressed because for me having two years left, I am about business now.
"I need to be more precise on how I do everything. I only have two more years left, so I had to make sure. I was really impressed with how they handled everything. I was impressed at how they handled their business."
McKinney originally signed with South Carolina out of Columbus, Ga., Carver High School. He was one of the most sought-after prospects in Georgia his senior season and had early offers from Tennessee, Rutgers, Duke, Florida State, Georgia Tech, N.C. State and Southern Mississippi.
He signed with the Gamecocks but instead of enrolling at South Carolina, McKinney attended Fork Union Military Academy and then enrolled at North Carolina State in the spring of 2012. He left N.C. State in May of 2013.
McKinney will have two years of eligibility remaining.
And he's ready to join a team that he believes can win.
"I know the whole staff is new, but they are ready to play and ready to win right now," he said. "I know this team is loaded to just ball next year."