McKinney Back from Camp. Still Open?

GoBlueWolverine Magazine spoke Friday with the uncle of tight end/defensive line prospect <b>James McKinney</b>. McKinney at one time pledged for the Wolverines but recently re-opened his recruitment. Did a week at the Michigan camp bring him back into the fold?

"We didn't even talk about committing," Neal McKinney, uncle of tight end/defensive end James McKinney said. "The coaches really seemed to like what they saw though, and we hope to decide before the season starts. I think he wants to be able to focus on his academics and the season without the distractions of recruiting." Neal said that he wasn't sure if James would be attending any more camps this summer. "(Central) starts their football camp on July 19 and he has some family gatherings coming up, so he probably won't have a chance to go to any other camps." he said.

McKinney was recently named the top player in Kentucky by

Michigan fans remember the 6 foot 3, 275 pound McKinney from Louisville, Ky. Central high school as one of the first players to verbally pledge to the Wolverines back in November. Verbal commitments are not binding and McKinney has since backed off from that pledge. The elder McKinney, who worked at the camp this week, expanded on his nephews change of heart. "He's just a kid," he said. "The coaches at Michigan didn't pressure him one bit to commit early it's just something he thought was the right thing to do at the time, but young people do rash things and he wanted to check other things out. He still loves Michigan and they are definitely one of his top schools, but he is also considering schools like Notre Dame, Miami, Oklahoma, and the local schools Louisville and Kentucky are there, of course. Some of the other schools want him to commit now so they can get on with business, but he has never been pressured by the Michigan staff at all."

McKinney spent the entire week at camp and his uncle said he spent half the time working with the tight ends and the other half with the defensive lineman.

Neal McKinney said he worked with the inside linebackers at the camp. "I didn't notice whether the (Michigan) staff was paying attention to any one group of players," he said. "They do a real good job of teaching and the camp is run very well. It was my first time working the camp and I enjoyed it and learned a lot."

The McKinney's have family in the Ann Arbor area. GBW will have more from James himself, later this weekend.

Click here to view James McKinney's video.

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