James McKinney Makes Decision

Defensive lineman <b>James McKinney</b> said he has made his decision. In this GoBlueWolverine Magazine exclusive, McKinney talks about which schools made the final cut. One school, thought to be out of contention for the services of the four-star player, came back into the picture at the end. Were they able to sway the big man? <br>

One of the most anticipated decisions in the recruiting class of 2005 has been made. Once a Michigan commitment, defensive lineman James McKinney of Central High School in Louisville, Ky., told GoBlueWolverine Magazine he has made his final choice on where he will attend school. "I have made my decision and notified the coaches at each school," McKinney said. "It's down to Michigan, Clemson and Florida. I'll make my announcement tomorrow (Weds) at 10:00 a.m. (EST) at my school."

While the final list of schools is no surprise, one school thought to be eliminated, Louisville, attempted to jump back into the McKinney sweepstakes. McKinney was sent home from his Dec. 17 official visit to the hometown campus, and promptly dropped the Cardinals. "I have to say they were the favorite before that happened," McKinney said. "They called me and asked if I was still interested, I told them I wasn't."

When the 6-foot-3, 263-pound McKinney committed to Michigan in November 2003, fans were concerned whether the pledge would stick until tomorrow. Of course those concerns turned out to be valid as McKinney opened up his recruiting again in April at the urging of his mother, who wanted her son to look around and make sure his decision was what he wanted to do. He took visits to Nebraska on Nov. 26, Clemson on Dec. 3, Michigan on Dec. 10, the shortened Louisville visit on Dec 17, and finally Florida on Jan. 21. "My mom wanted me to stay closer to home, really," he said. "But after Louisville sent me home she said I could do what I wanted."

Stay tuned to GoBlueWolverine Magazine for McKinney's announcement.

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