"Coach (Geoff) Collins pulled me off to the side and shook my hand and asked me if I was going to come here," said McGinnis with a slight smile. "(At that time) I didn't know I had an offer. I guess he was trying to surprise me with the offer. He (then) told me that he was offering me. It was a very exciting moment for me and it took the breath out of me because it is big to be offered by Mississippi State. Mississippi State is well-known. And the SEC is well-known. And I have been a fan of theirs for a very long time."
Mississippi State is McGinnis' third offer with a fourth likely to come any day.
"UCLA and Texas A&M have offered, and I'm going to be offered by Oklahoma," said McGinnis.
Considering he's just now heading into his junior season, McGinnis is totally surprised by the number of offers that he has received.
"It really is surprising to get so many offers because this will be my first time to play linebacker," he said. "My ninth grade year my hand was in the dirt (as a defensive lineman), and I was injured my 10th grade year."
To offset his lack of experience as a linebacker and being injured as sophomore, McGinnis took to the combine trail to help his recruitment.
"This (recruiting) started February 2nd, 2013 (which was the date of) my first Nike SPARQ Combine," said McGinnis. "I have been completely tearing up the camps that I go to."
That helped him get noticed but not offered. Coaches still wanted to see him playing linebacker in a game. That was taken care of this past spring.
"Everybody was wanting film of my games, so I finally got film of my spring game and everybody liked it and that's when they started recruiting me left and right," said McGinnis, who ran a 4.59 forty and had a 32 inch vertical leap at the Mississippi State camp.
While he obvious made a great impression with the Mississippi State coaches, they also made a very good impression on him.
"Mississippi State is definitely in my top five," said McGinnis. "I like the coaches because they stick with you. Like I said, I lack experience at linebacker but they worked with me. They don't toss you off to the side and go to the next player. They actually work with you. And I love a coaching staff that likes to work with their players and build a relationship with their players."
He is also sold on the Mississippi State coach that he was able to work with on a one-to-one basis while at the camp, linebackers coach Geoff Collins.
"He is a great coach, an exciting coach to be around," said McGinnis. "He's very energetic and I really like him."
Keep it on Scout.com and GenesPage as we continue to follow the recruitment of this very talented member of the class of 2015.
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