McKinney Taking His Time

GoBlueWolverine Magazine spoke Tuesday evening with defensive lineman <b>James McKinney</b> from Louisville, Ky. Central high school. McKinney talked about his week at the recent Michigan camp. GBW had spoken earlier with his uncle about the timing of a decision, James also shares his thoughts on his timing.

Now that it is a certainty that James McKinney is wide open in his recruitment and no longer a Michigan verbal commitment, GBW wanted to find out where things stood with the Kentucky big man. "I'm wide open right now," he said. "None of the schools I'm looking at lead, but Michigan is still up there. I spent the whole week at the camp and had a great time. I got to hang out with Mario Manningham and Laterryal Savoy; they were cool."

At 6 foot 3, 275-pounds McKinney is slated to play on the defensive line in college though he did spend time at other positions while at camp. "I was with the tight ends and the defensive line," he said. "I would like to play tight end but I'll probably end up on the line. That's okay."

When GBW spoke with McKinney's uncle, Neal, shortly after their return from camp, he said a decision would be coming before the season began. James put that idea to rest. "I'll probably wait until Signing Day now," he said. "I'm not even sure if I'm going to be able to take all of my visits during or after the season."

McKinney did talk a bit about his change of heart with regards to his prior Michigan commitment. "It had nothing at all to do with Michigan, it was all me," he said. "I decided I really did want to look around and see what was best for me. I'm getting some pressure from folks around here to stay close to home, but I'm getting pressure from everywhere too." McKinney has ties to the Ann Arbor area, his uncle attended high school at Pioneer and Huron. Wolverine defensive back Grant Mason is also his cousin.

What's in store for McKinney the rest of the summer? "I'm just going to be working out with my team," he said. McKinney is the No. 75 ranked player in the country according to TheInsiders.

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