Cedric McKinley Visits Minnesota

Cedric McKinley, a 6-foot-5, 250-pound sophomore defensive end from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, has led the undefeated Bulldogs to a No. 3 ranking in the NJCAA and an 11-0 record this season. McKinley visited Minnesota along with JC teamamte Tramine Banks. GoldenSports.Net caught up with McKinley to learn the latest on his recruitment

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College got past then fifth-ranked Jones County Junior College (Miss.) 20-17 in Perkinston to claim their first Mississippi Association of Community & Junior Colleges (MACJC) title since 1986. The Bulldogs have an 11-0 record and have accepted an invitation to play in the C.H.A.M.P.S. Heart of Texas Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 1 in Copperas Cove, Texas, where they will take on #15 Kilgore College (Texas).

Cedric McKinley and the rest of the defense, who have held opponents to just 69 yards rushing per game. McKinley had 19 tackles, with 18 assists, three tackles for a loss, four sacks, one caused fumble, five passes broken up, 10 quarterback pressures, and a recovered fumble in the end zone during the regular season.

"Cedric is a tremendous worker and has been a valuable leader for us," said Steve Davis, MGCCC defensive coordinator. "He has started every game this year, and he makes big plays in clutch situations. He has a great work ethic and is a true team player."

McKinley is hearing from schools such as Troy State, Illinois, Southern Mississippi, Louisiana-Lafayette and Minnesota.

McKinley told Golden Sports.Net that he is hoping to make his college choice soon. He is hoping to enroll in January and would like to major in business.

"This is my last recruiting visit. I am still undecided."

He was expected to go to Troy out of high school, but failed to qualify. He finished his high school career at Northview High School in Pensacola, Fla., where he transferred from Demopolis. McKinley led Northview to a 6-3 mark as a high school senior. The Chiefs were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs with a 39-0 loss to Vernon.

McKinley also played high school basketball for Northview.


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