McKinney Shepherded Corey Peters Thru Oxford

U-M signee James McKinney accompanied his cousin and former teammate DL Corey Peters to the Ole Miss Nike Camp this past May, acting as his personal coach during the day. GoBlueWolverine spent much of the day chatting with McKinney, and also talked to Peters and his mother ... could's #51 Midwest prospect be headed to Michigan?

Peters and McKinney
James McKinney (left) and Corey Peters at the Old Miss Nike Camp.
Defensive lineman Corey Peters came down to the Old Miss Nike Camp from Central High School in Lousiville, Ky. Peters measured 6-foot-3, 280-pounds. He'd run a 4.8 second 40 the week before in a local Louisville combine, but, like some other kids this spring, was thrown off by the laser testing device that the Nike Camps useed this year for the 40, only running a 5.3. He also did 16 repetitions of the 185 pound bench press. So, Peters is a bit of a 'project', not the rock-hard ready-for-college type of guy his mentor James McKinney was at the same point a year ago (although James also ran a so-so 5.1 sec. 40 at the U.S. Army Junior Combine in Jan 2004). Peters, who is actually just a shade under 6-3 (he measured 6-2 1/2 in a Combine this spring, where he had an excellent 4.8 shuttle time) obviously hasn't hit the weight room yet, and so he has a 'baby-fat' body -- but he was very flexible, agile and athletic for a big man.

Peters actually reminded us a lot of fellow Louisville DL Aundre Henderson who was at the U-M Nike Combine a week earlier (Henderson is a 'soft' Minnesota commitment who also visited, and is considering, Louisville and Kentucky) -- good natural ability and good agility/flexibility but, physically, a 'project'.

Corey Peters
Defensive lineman Corey Peters of Central High School in Louisville, Ky., at the Ole Miss Nike Camp.
James had a strong reaction when we mentioned this comparison to him:

"Corey is better than Aundre (Henderson). Aundre and I were on the same junior league team -- he followed me as a starter when I moved on to high school. So I know his game real well. Aundre camped at Michigan last summer, but didn't make a big impression."

So, we asked at the time, would Peters come to the Michigan Camp this summer?

"I might come to camp," Corey told us. "Coach Herrmann has been to my school this spring. He talked to me about a Michigan offer, but he wants me to come to camp."

Corey Peters
Peters looks over to his teammate James McKinney, who is signaling coaching tips to him (see below).
Corey's mom added, "We'll come up to Ann Arbor next month, whether it's for a visit or for camp (note: Peters ended up making a one-day unofficial visit during camp week). James really wants Corey to come to Michigan of course. Corey has always looked up to James. James has really set an example for him on how to make it."

Peters did have a couple of big-time offers right away back in May, telling us, "I have written offers from Kentucky and Louisville. And I have several verbal offers."

James McKinney
2005 Michigan defensive lineman signee James McKinney sends coaching signals to his friend and teammate Corey Peters.

It would have likely been a Kentucky (Dec. 16 visit) -- Louisville (Dec. 10) battle for Peters ... but now Michigan (Jan. 28) has entered the picture.

The Michigan Insider Top Stories