McKinney Has a Visitor (Actually Two!)

When tight end/defensive lineman <b>James McKinney</b> committed to Michigan last fall, it was reported that there were strong family pressures to re-think his commitment and keep his options open. He has since followed that guidance but is still seriously looking at the Wolverines. On Tuesday, two U-M coaches paid a visit to Lousiville, Ky. Central High -- which happens to be McKinney's school.

"Coach Carr and Coach Herrmann were here today," James McKinney said. "I didn't see them or talk to them but my coach said they were here. He didn't tell me what they talked about though."

The 6 foot 3, 276 pound McKinney hinted to GoBlueWolverine Magazine in April that he may be reconsidering his commitment to Michigan in order to follow the advice of family to look around before making a final decision. "My mom always told me I would only get one shot at this and to take my time," he said. "She wants to to make sure I am making the right choice and that I am completely happy. So I am no longer committed to Michigan."

Does this end the chances for the Wolverines? "No, they are still high on my list but I really don't have a favorite right now," he said. "I want to visit USC and Miami. My coach told me Oklahoma just offered me today so I want to check them out too." According to McKinney the Oklahoma offer now brings his total to 21.

McKinney was at the recent Georgia Tech Nike Camp. Click here to read the GBW report on McKinney at the camp. That won't be the last camp he attends. "I'm going to try and go to the MSL Camp in Cincinnati," he said. "And I'm planning on going to the Michigan camp. My uncle will be working up there." McKinney has connections to Ann Arbor. His uncle, Neal, attended high school there and remains in contact with several people.

There are also strong connections in California. "I have family in Pasadena, San Francisco, and Oakland," McKinney said. "I have a cousin who is an air-traffic-controller at LAX so I think we get free airline tickets."

McKinney began the process as a tight end prospect but is more likely to see his playing time on the defensive line. He says most schools are recruiting him for a position on the line but he said he hasn't given up hope for a shot at tight end.

He reports a 2.9 grade-point-average and a 17 score on the ACT.

With the de-commitment of McKinney and Tuesday's commitment of La. WR Laterryal Savoy, Michigan's commitment count remains at four.

McKinney isn't the only Michigan prospect on the Bluegrass State. The coaches paid a visit to a friend of McKinney's and GBW will have a report on that recruit shortly, stay tuned.

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