James McKinney visits with ITV Radio

The top player in the Bluegrass, 6-3, 285-pound James McKinney of Louisville Central High School, was a guest of Inside The Ville Radio Monday evening, and broke some fairly big news in the process.

James McKinney of Louisville Central High School spent approximately 10 minutes on Monday evening as a guest of Inside the Ville Radio on Xtra Sports 790 AM.

McKinney talked about his current back injury, the recruiting process, his interest in Louisville, the recent Courier-Journal high school football preview and more.

Throughout the fall practice period McKinney has been forced to the sidelines, watching his teammates practice and preparing for the season opener at Shelby County this Friday.

"I'm not going to be able to play in our first game," McKinney said. "I've started practicing again though and wore shoulder pads today. I'll start going full contact in a day or two. I have to go back to the doctor on September 1st and get cleared to play in the next game."

If cleared to play on September 1st, McKinney will have an opportunity to showcase his abilities on both sides of the ball as a defensive end and tight end against Class 4A power Louisville Male High School.

While rated as the top player in the state and among the best in the country, McKinney says that as of now he hasn't seen the same type of attention that other such high-profile prospects from the city of Louisville, such as Michael Bush and Brohm, received druing their final years.

"I haven't seen that kind of attention from the city yet," said McKinney, who will participate in the U.S. Army All-American game this winter. "[Michael] Bush told me that one of the reasons that he went to U of L was because of the attention he got."

While the Louisville coaches can't control how the media covers McKinney, they have made a positive influence on him so far.

"One of the reasons why I might go U of L is because I would have a chance to play early," McKinney explained. "It doesn't matter if I am a tight end or a rush end, I could play early there."

While most expected McKinney to wait until near signing day in early February to make his college decision, McKinney actually indicated that a decision may come before the end of the year.

"I could graduate early in December," continued the 6-foot-3, 275-pound McKinney. "If I do I'd like to start [college] in January so I can get a head start. If I do graduate early, that will be a big part of my decision because not all schools start [semesters] at that time."

With over 40 scholarship offers to date, McKinney has the opportunity to choose from nearly any top program in the country. He stated that he has narrowed his list to 14 schools, which does include both Louisville and Kentucky. He'll be on hand as an unofficial visitor to Louisville for the Cardinals home opener against Kentucky on September 5th.

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