"I'm starting to think about it more since my season is over," McKinney said. "A lot of coaches are starting to come by now and I'm taking some visits."
James welcomed two assistant coaches from Louisville to his home on Monday evening. "Coach Whitt and Coach Nord came by and we talked for awhile."
During thier visit to McKinney's home, they discussed a number of things, including the academic programs, how recruiting was going and Coach Whitt shared a message from U of L head coach Bobby Petrino.
"Coach Whitt told me that Coach Petrino told him to tell me that he is staying at Louisville to do something special like what Bobby Bowden did at Florida State and Frank Beamer at Virginia Tech."
Coach Petrino was unable to visit the 4-star prospct due to an NCAA rule allowing a certain number of coaches on the road at one time, but McKinney mentioned that Coach Petrino will stop by his home next week for another visit.
This past weekend McKinney made the trip to Lincoln, Neb., for an official visit to Nebraska and the 6-foot-3, 265-pound prospect left impressed enough to slightly adjust his list of favorites.
"Nebraska was nice," explained McKinney. "Nebraska is up there now. Louisville, Michigan and Nebraska are my top three right now."
An official trip to Clemson is scheduled for this coming weekend and then a trip to Michigan is set for December 10th.
During those visits McKinney said that'll he will focus on the academic support at each of the schools, which will play a large role in decision process.
"I really want to see the academic aspect of everyone," said McKinney, who intends to study computer technology. "Of course I want to know that they will be playing on t.v. a lot, but I want to find out how they help their players graduate so I'd be ready for life after football."
A possible decision may come during the U.S. Army All-American game in January, but McKinney said that only if the timing is right and if he is comfortable with his choice.