[Premium article] Due to being one of the state's top 40 players, Kingi McNair has been given the nickname "top 40" by his teammates. He and his Pelahatchie (MS) High School football team just won the class 1A championship last week at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Jackson, MS. "Yes, that's right, we are champions," mused Kingi as we spoke for a brief time.

It seems that Kingi can literally be called a big fish in a small pond. The 6-3, 218-lb QB/Athlete with 4.5 speed in the forty also serves as the basketball team's center. When not on the court, Kingi also participates in track events such as the long jump and the triple jump.

While Kingi's favorite position to play is wide receiver, he played mostly quarterback and safety. "I tried to play a little wide receiver but (my coach) would not put me in that much. The recruiters talk mostly about playing quarterback or wide receiver," said Kingi.

The schools that are recruiting Kingi are Alabama (will visit Jan. 26) Mississippi State (will visit Jan. 18), Louisiana Tech (will visit Jan. 4). Schools that are recruiting Kingi but who have not set official visits are Southern Mississippi, Jackson State, and West Virginia. Coaches recruiting Kingi are Hughes (Jackson State), Glenn Davis (Mississippi State), and Pope (Alabama). Kingi told me he grew up a fan of Florida State.

Kingi likes mathematics and is considering pursing a major in that field. But it will not take a mathematician to decipher Kingi's grades because he has a 3.6 core grade point average and a 19 on his ACT. Obviously, he should easily qualify. However, that ACT number is just not good enough for this aspiring mathematician. His goal on the ACT is a 24 or better and he told me he would re-test to try to obtain his goal.

Charles Johnson is a recruiting correspondent for Gene's Page (, the unofficial source for Mississippi State sports on the internet.

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