McKinney's Top 5 starting to take shape

With one official visit already scheduled, Central's James McKinney's list of favorites is starting to take shape. The Top 100 prospect updated ITV on Monday evening.

James McKinney of Louisville Central High School, one of the nation's Top 100 prospects, recently scheduled his first official visit, a September 24th trip to Lincoln, Nebraska. With that his list of favorites has started to take shape.

"Michigan and Nebraska are two of the five," said McKinney, who will also likely officially visit Michigan this fall. "I like the [Nebraska] Dline coach a lot."

With three remaining spots seemingly up for grabs, Louisville, along with others such as Kentucky, Ohio State, LSU and Oklahoma, will need to make its best efforts over the coming weeks.

"U of L is going through the motions on my recruiting," McKinney told Inside the Ville on Monday night. "I like [Coach Greg] Nord and [Coach Bobby] Petrino, but they are the only ones I really know."

Rated as the nation's eight best defensive tackle prospect, McKinney has a desire to get to know each of his favorites defensive line coach during the recruiting process.


"I feel a relationship with the Dline coach is key," explained McKinney.

Because of a budding relationship with Kentucky defensive line coach Michael Gray, the Wildcats have recently made inroads with the top rated player in the state.

"I like [Coach Michael] Gray and [Coach Rich] Brooks," McKinney said. "I visited UK a few weeks ago."

With so many of the nation's top programs giving high priority to McKinney, some may think that the 6-foot-3, 275-pound prospect is headed out of state.

"It's up in the air, but more out that in [state]," McKinney said.

However, when asked if he'd like to help the hometown team continue it's rise in college football, similar to Michael Bush, Brian Brohm and Mario Urrutia, McKinney's response was simple.

"I like the sound of that."

NOTE: McKinney and his fellow Yellowjacket teammates started practice on Monday.


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