McKinney says Michigan visit "mediocre"

James McKinney, one of the nation's top defensive line prospects, returned home to Louisville last night following his official visit to Michigan that he termed "mediocre."

James McKinney from Louisville, Ky. Central High School has been an unofficial visitor to the Michigan campus on many occasions. However, most have been for one-day visits to a game.

This weekend he finally took his official visit to the Michigan campus. "It was really a mediocre visit," he said. "I mean the coaches, the people, the staff and the academics at Michigan are all fantastic," he said. "But there isn't anything to do there, it really wasn't what I expected."

The 6 foot 4, 280-pound McKinney said his disappointment didn't diminish Michigan's place on his list of favorites. "It really wasn't about the school," he said.

McKinney said his host was freshman Chris Graham, and he enjoyed hanging out with him and the other recruits on campus during the visit. McKinney acknowledged the commitments of offensive linemen Cory Zirbel, a fellow Kentuckian, and Mark Ortmann from Texas. "There are a few more," he said. "You guys (reporters) will be busy today."

One of the highlights of the trip for the young man was the chance to speak at length with Michigan Hed Coach Lloyd Carr. The two were seen sitting together during the Michigan basketball game against South Florida. "We talked during the game," McKinney said. "After that we went back and talked one-on-one for about an hour, that was really great because on the other visits I really never got a chance to talk to him alone."

One topic of discussion was where the talented McKinney would play if he were to choose Michigan. "They said I could be the kind of guy that would play on both sides of the ball," he said. "I would play tight end on offense, and outside linebacker on defense."

McKinney will visit Oklahoma next, then Ohio State sometime in January, after the U.S. Army All-American Bowl game on Jan. 15 in San Antonio, Texas. He said there is a possibility he may announce at the game.

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