McKinney enjoys Sunday visit to U of L

Among the crowd watching the Cardinals scrimmage on Sunday was Hot 100 prospect James McKinney and ITV spoke with him on Sunday evening about his visit to the U of L football complex.

The Cardinals held their first scrimmage of fall camp on yet another fall like day in the River City and the top player in the Bluegrass State, James McKinney, was in attendance for part of it.

"Man, they looked good...the defense played really good," said McKinney of the Cardinals. "Michael Bush was running over everybody too."

Just like Michael Bush two years ago and Brian Brohm last year, James McKinney is a local athlete that is one of the nation's most sought after prospects.

On Sunday, following the scrimmage, McKinney had an opportunity to visit with the U of L coaches.

"They told me that they want me to be the key part of the recruiting class," McKinney explained. "They said they'd if I commit that they could use that as a way to get other players as well."

McKinney also spoke with freshman Brian Brohm following the scrimmage about taking an official visit to Louisville.

"Brohm told me that his [official visit to Louisville] was one of the funnest one's he took," McKinney said.

Previously McKinney has said that he wouldn't take an official visit to Louisville because he has made a number of unofficial visits, but the 6-foot-3, 275-pound prospect may reconsider.

With an official visit already scheduled for Nebraska and one to Clemson in the works, McKinney told Inside the Ville that it's possible that he will do the same for the hometown Cardinals as well.

McKinney also had an opportunity to get to know some of the current Cardinals later in the day, spending time with U of L freshmen, Mario Urrutia, Rod Council, Bobby Buchanan and cousin Steve McKinney.

While unofficial in nature, McKinney's visit to U of L on Sunday may have been his best experience yet.

"I'm not going to lie to you, it was cool," McKinney said. "I liked it a lot."

The question remains however, will McKinney follow their lead and turn down offers from numerous programs and commit to play for Bobby Petrino and help U of L continue to develop into an annual BCS contending program?


Central prepares for the season
Additional Notes on Central High School:

McKinney and his fellow Central Yellowjackets teammates will open their season this weekend against Moore High School and while most eyes will be focused on the impressive senior, he's not the only Division IA prospect on the team.

Seniors Xavier Braxton and Ken Duvall both have great size and ability. Braxton is a mobile quarterback with an impressive arm, while Duvall starts at both receiver and safety for the Yellowjackets.

Another senior, Jeremy Jones, Central's starting tailback, is the younger brother of Louisville senior Marcus Jones. While he is still learning the tailback position, he definately has the size for college football.


Junior DB Rico Neal
All three will make unofficial visits to Louisville for the Cardinals season opener against Kentucky.

A couple underclassmen will certainly be high targets next season. Lineman Cory Peters (6'3, 280) starts on both sides of the ball and has already drawn scholarship offers from Kentucky and Marshall. Peters has yet to hear from U of L, but that will most likely change in the coming weeks.

Rico Neal is a quick defensive back that projects as a cornerback in college. He has very good man coverage skills and breaks on the ball well.


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