James McKinney Makes it Michigan

Defensive lineman <b>James McKinney</b> of Central High School in Louisville, Ky., is no longer a <i>former</i> Michigan commitment. This morning he announced he will, in fact, be a <b>Michigan Wolverine</b>! <br><br> GoBlueWolverine Magazine spoke with McKinney about his commitment, and what position, or postions, he will play at Michigan.

Ending months of speculation and rumor, defensive lineman James McKinney of Central High School in Louisville, Ky., is once again a Michigan Wolverine. "I made up my mind on Tuesday after going over all my notes with my family and my girlfriend," McKinney said. "Michigan was just the best place for me. Clemson came on hard and really wanted me, and I thought about going with them, but I just couldn't see myself anywhere but Michigan." Today, at a press conference at his school, he made it official. "I'm going to Michigan."

The 6-foot-3, 263-pound McKinney said he, along with pal and fellow Michigan commitment Brandon Logan of Catholic High School in Lexington, Ky., already have their numbers picked out. "I'm going to wear No. 9, Brandon will be No. 10." McKinney said. "I'm wearing that number because they want me to play both ways: I'll be playing some time at the 'H-back' position as well as on defense. I was told that they were going to do some different things on defense next season so I will probably end up playing up AND down."

Michigan was not always the final choice for McKinney. He said his mom wanted him to look around to make sure he knew where he wanted to go. "My mom wanted me to stay home and go to Louisville," he said. "They actually were the leader going into my visit there, but after they sent me home I dropped them." McKinney was sent home early from his Dec. 17 official visit to Louisville. He told GoBlueWolverine Magazine yesterday that the Cardinals attempted to get back in it for him, but he told them he wasn't interested.

McKinney chose Michigan over Clemson and Florida. One of the reasons he decided to pass on the other schools was because of things that each school said about Michigan. "I won't get into specifics, but they were saying things about Michigan I didn't like," he said. "I didn't hear the same things from the Michigan coaches, and I appreciated that."

McKinney was recruited by Michigan defensive coordinator Jim Herrmann, who plucked most of the best talent out of the State of Kentucky this year. Not only landing McKinney and Logan, Herrmann was able to snag four-star offensive lineman Cory Zirbel of Murray High School.

McKinney joins fellow U.S. Army All-American Bowl teammates Zoltan Mesko and Marques Slocum in the Michigan recruiting class of 2005.

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