McKinnon could pledge Cuse this weekend

Syracuse jumped into the recruitment of Potter's House School (Fla.) athlete Randy McKinnon at a late stage, but the Orange have made up ground quickly and appear to be in excellent shape for the 5-foot-9, 190-pound senior from Jacksonville.


McKinnon, who started hearing from the Orange staff within the past month or so and just received an offer recently when head coach Greg Robinson and assistant Scott Spencer visited his school, will be visiting this weekend and could commit.

"I was kind of surprised when I got the call from coach Spencer, because I didn't know him at all. But right now, Syracuse is my favorite," said McKinnon, a high school safety-running back who could play on either side of the ball.

"If everything goes perfectly, I could [commit]," he said.

McKinnon played safety for most of his career, of which the first three years were spent at nearby Trinity Catholic. But Potter's School coach Law Johnson gave him a shot at running the ball in pre-season camp, and it worked out to the tune of 1,100 rushing yards in eight games, the fifth highest total in the city.

He runs a 4.5-second 40-yard-dash, said Johnson, who said most of the schools recruiting McKinnon –Wake Forest, Eastern Michigan, Indiana and Georgia Tech – view him as a safety.

"My personal opinion, I think he would be a better running back because it seems to be a natural for him," Johnson said.

But McKinnon is also a big hitter and a good athlete.

Sryacuse is "trying to bring me in as an athlete. Because I did so well on offense, they don't know where I'd play," McKinnon said.

In a coincidental twist, McKinnon is close friends with former Orange star Donovan Darius. The two go to the same church and work out together frequently.

"He's basically like a god-brother to me," McKinnon said. "He's not really telling me to go to Syracuse. He's telling me to go to the place with the best opportunity, but that if I went to Syracuse he'd be really excited."
McKinnon is also a high-character kid, very polite and disciplined. "He's a no-sir, yes-sir kind of kid," Johnson said. "Whatever school he does end up at, they're getting a steal."

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