WR Met With Coach Mosley

By playing the same position and on the same team as Deonte Thompson, who already has over 20 scholarship offers, it can be tough to get recognized. Tarus McKinley doesn't seem to be having that problem.

At 6-feet and 190 pounds, McKinley is coming off an excellent junior season. He led the team with 17 receptions for 472 yards and six touchdowns in 2005.

"It was alright," McKinley said of his performance in 2005. "I can be a lot better. We can be a lot better. I expect bigger and better things this year coming up."

Tarus McKinley, who is a brother to UM defensive back Randy Phillips, talked about what separates him from a lot of other receivers.

"I have football speed," he said. "I may not be a 4.3 guy like a lot of kids say they are but I'll play fast. I've blown by so many guys who supposedly run a 4.3, it's crazy. Ask anyone who tried covering me if I have football speed. Plus, I catch everything thrown my way. Every time that ball's in the air, there's an opportunity."

The talented junior, who also plays basketball and runs track at Glades Central High, doesn't have any offers yet but a lot of schools are watching closely.

"The three main ones for me right now are UM, LSU, and Georgia," he said. "I like those three above the rest right now. They're all even though."

McKinley took in UM's Junior Day last month with several of his teammates. He had a chance to meet Coach Mosley.

"He's real cool," he said. "He has lots of energy and he was happy that we were there. He seems like a real good coach. I saw Hester run a 4.2 that day, too. One day you'll see me running for the NFL people at someone's pro day."

McKinley plans on attending the Scout.com All-American Combine in Boca Raton on May 13.

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