McGinnis wraps up busy summer

2015 LB Arthur McGinnis (New Orleans/Warren Easton) hit the road hard this summer. He visited eight schools and took part in several camps to help boost his stock with colleges. Find out where things stand with this promising recruit after strong camp performances at both LSU and Florida.

When Arthur McGinnis hits the field for preseason camp in a couple weeks, it will mark the official end to what was a busy summer for the 2015 LB.

McGinnis visited eight different schools, partaking in several camps with hopes of spreading his name to collegiate programs. Most recently, McGinnis took part in Florida'S Friday Night Lights and before that it was an appearance at LSU's Elite Camp and 7-on-7 tournament.

Also included in his summer tour were Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Mississippi State, Louisiana Tech, Southern and multiple trips to Texas A&M. McGinnis said he enjoyed each one of his visits but doesn't have any favorites yet.

"I'm still dissecting schools right now," said McGinnis, who has offers from Texas A&M, Mississippi State and UCLA. "I'm trying to figure out how all these schools are, trying to see which schools fit me. I'm still thinking about all that."

McGinnis made the short trip to Baton Rouge for the star-studded Monday session of camp. He measured 6-foot-2, 216 pounds, and ran a 4.5-second 40 yard dash. He shared the field with some of LSU's top 2014 targets, going one-on-one with the nation's No. 1 recruit.

"There was a lot of competition, a lot of great prospects," McGinnis said. "I try to go against the best. I went against Leonard Fournette. Some of the plays he got me, some of the plays I got him. It's just an ongoing competition between us."

He returned to Baton Rouge five days later with other Warren Easton teammates to take part in the 7-on-7 tournament.

"We made it all the way to the semifinals, and sadly we lost," McGinnis said. "But I felt great [with my performance]. There are a lot of things I could have done better to help my team win. That's what I'm working on currently."

McGinnis wants to continue working on his coverage skills, mostly his eye-hand coordination and reaction time. He hopes to apply those improvements to his junior season, which the LSU coaches will be monitoring closely.

"I love LSU," McGinnis said. "I've always been a fan of LSU since I was little. [The coaches] pulled me to the side and said not to worry about getting an offer yet. They said they just need more film. After the first few games, hopefully they'll offer me based on that."

McGinnis received a similar message from the Florida coaches after being one of the top defensive performers at FNL

"I felt like I did really well," McGinnis said. "They have me on their recruiting list. They told me they aren't going to offer me right now because of my lack of film. They want to, and after my first three games, they're going to look over my film and hopefully offer me then."

That visit marked McGinnis' first visit to Gainesville, and he plans to return for a game in The Swamp this season.

"It was great," McGinnis said. "I got to work with the coaches, and I got the feel of the Gator life. It was amazing."

McGinnis is one of several 2015 prospects from Warren Easton getting serious attention from college coaches. Tyron Johnson (who has a LSU offer) and Deshawn Capers-Smith also have impressive offer lists, and the trio has enjoyed going through the recruiting process together.

"Sometimes we sit down and discuss the recruiting process and how we feel about colleges," McGinnis said. "I get their opinions and they get my opinions. We've even talked about going to the same college. It's not like it's just only one person getting all the attention. It's all of us."

And he hopes the same talent these colleges have seen translates to success during the season.

"This team has the potential to win state," McGinnis said. "That's what we're going to do this year."

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