Will McKinney Graduate Early?

Will he play tight end or spend his college days on the defensive line? Will he enroll at the school of choice early? GoBlueWolverine Magazine spoke Thursday with <b>James McKinney</b> from Lousiville, Ky. Central High School to get the latest.<br><br> Also, GBW talked to <b>Terrance Taylor</b>.

Reports on James McKinney from Louisville, Ky. Central have been all over the spectrum since he openend up his recruiting earlier this year. Is Michigan still the leader or have the hometown Cardinals taken over the top spot for the talented player? Recent speculation had it that he would graduate early, but that his participation in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Game in January, coupled with the date schools begin their winter semesters, would factor in McKinney's decision. "I could graduate early," he told GoBlueWolverine. "I thought about it but it won't work because the Army game is on Jan. 4. Some of the schools I'm looking at don't start until later in January so I could play in the Army game and then start school. But some of the schools, like Michigan, start on Jan. 4 so I wouldn't be able to play in the game and start school."

The schools on top of McKinney's list at this time are Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio State, Clemson, and Louisville. He has visits scheduled with Nebraska on Sept. 11 and Clemson on Oct. 22. He wants to visit Oklahoma after the season. As far as Michigan is concerned, McKinney said he spoke Wednesday with Coach Jim Herrmann and while an official visit was not set up, the big man will be making a couple of trips to Ann Arbor this fall. "I'll be going up for the Michigan State and Minnesota games," McKinney said. I'll go up for two unofficial visits but I'm not sure if I'll make an official." McKinney reported earlier that Herrmann told him to keep the first and second weekends in Dec. open.

The 6 foot 3, 263-pound McKinney recently told TheInsiders Allen Wallace he was less than pleased with Michigan's switch to the 3-4 defense. "They're recruiting me as a TE and though there's a bit of a depth chart at the position, they're talking about playing two TEs," he told Wallace. "But I don't like the fact that their defense is a 3-4." McKinney has said all along he wanted to play tight end, while speculation has been he'll end up on the defensive side of the ball. He told GBW that he was okay with playing defense.

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Also, from our Premium Message Board -- I talked to Mich. DT Terrance Taylor. Click HERE for the post.

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