McKinney Looking Around. Still Solid to U-M?

Tight end <b>James McKinney</b>, the junior from Louisville, Ky. who committed to U-M back in November, is being courted by some of the top programs in the country. GoBlueWolverine spoke with McKinney Tuesday evening to see if his commitment is still solid. McKinney's statements are VERY interesting -- including talking about a friend!

"I'm still 100% committed to Michigan," James McKinney (6-4, 260, 2.7 GPA, 4.6 in the 40, 3.2 GPA/17 ACT) from Louisville Central High School said. "But I'm a momma's boy and she wants me to look around a bit to make sure I'm certain. Actually she'd like me to stay close to home but I'm going to be a man so I need to do what's best for me."

The talented junior told GoBlueWolvlerine Magazine when he announce his commitment that he would be taking visits, even though he had made the pledge to Michigan.

McKinney said there are several factors still relavent in his final decision, including what cousin Steve McKinney, wide receiver from Male High School in Louisville does. "One of my dreams has been to play football with my cousin, Steve," McKinney said. "He's visiting Louisville this weekend on an official and I'm going along as his guest. He's being recruited by Michigan too, Coach Herrmann said they would evaluate his film and let him know about an offer later."

Another factor will be the destination of linebacker Brandon Logan from Lexington, Ky. Catholic High School. "Brandon and I have talked about going to the same school together," McKinney said. "He got an offer from Michigan his sophomore year and was the top linebacker at their camp last year. He won the smokehouse race. We are going to be taking all of our visits together." McKinney claims offers from Notre Dame, Louisville, Kentucky, and Texas A&M to go along with his offer from the Wolverines. "I'm also getting a lot of mail from Oklahoma, USC, and the Florida schools," he said. "I have family in Norman and in the Los Angeles and Pasadena areas. They told me if I wanted to come out there (LA) for a camp that they would take care of me." McKinney also has family and friends in the Ann Arbor area. His uncle, Neal, previously told GBW that he had attended Pioneer and Huron High School's in Ann Arbor and still kept close ties to people in the area.

McKinney plays on both sides of the ball and says some schools are recruiting him as a tight end and some as a defensive end. "Michigan is recruiting me as a tight end," he said. "But I don't care as long as I get to play and help the team, except Louisville is recruiting me as a fullback and I don't want to play there, no way."

He said he plans on attending the Nike camp at Ohio State and one in the South, though where yet is not certain. "Brandon and I want to go to the camps together too," McKinney said. "I'm going to the Michigan camp for sure at least for a day, then I want to spend some time with family and friends up there."

McKinney said he recently received his grades and made the honor roll with a 3.2 GPA. He also received his ACT score, a 17, and is fully qualified if he remains on track. He plays first base and catcher on the baseball team and wrestled this winter to keep in shape.

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