Recruiting never stops for the top teams in the country. It's a year round sport where schools have to remain one step ahead of the competition to remain among the best in the nation.
So, it's no wonder that even though they are in the midst of their search for a second QB to add to the 2013 recruiting class, the Missouri Tigers are also keeping their eye on some of the best class of 2014 talent in the state as well, which happens to include a KC quarterback who has blown up with three early offers.
He also made an unofficial visit to Missouri this past Thursday and spoke with coaches.
ShowMeMizzou.com spoke with McKinzy about his recruitment blowing up and specifically where Mizzou may fit into that recruitment.
"It was real good…it went real smooth," said McKinzy of his unofficial visit to Columbia on Thursday. " I liked how I personally had a relationship with the coaches. It's Missouri. I love it! I have been loving it since the 8th grade and have camped with them. Now they have joined the SEC, which is the best conference in the nation. I love their offense and feel the spread option really fits me and my abilities. They had good things to say about me as a player and how much they like me. Hopefully, an offer comes from them soon."
While he did not leave with an offer from the Tigers, McKinzy said that the Tigers told him that he was on the top of a list among 2014 recruits.
Dominic broke down the three schools who have offered him and when they happened.
"Nebraska was my first offer. I camped with them last Saturday and they had me work out at cornerback in defensive drills along with a kid from Dallas. Then I worked out at QB in drills and walked around campus and checked things out. Then they offered. Nebraska was honest and told me the truth. They said they liked me at QB but that if it didn't work out they could see me as a safety with my athleticism."
Next up for McKinzy was Iowa.
"I camped at Iowa on Sunday and I went in loose as a goose off my Nebraska camp and offer. The coaches said they like my enthusiastic attitude. Coach Ferentz said they liked everything about me, how I threw the ball, my footwork, and that they really liked my attitude and leadership ability. It was nice getting the offer from Coach Ferentz himself."
Minnesota had been recruiting Dimonic, who camped with them this past Friday, but didn't want to wait until camp to join the battle for his services.
"I was going to camp with Minnesota this weekend, but their coach said they did not need to wait and offered me before I got there. They actually offered me after seeing my freshman film. They hadn't seen my sophomore film yet, so that was exciting."
Up next for McKinzy is a football camp at Ohio State on June 23rd.
I asked him if the sudden recognition and early offers were a surprise to him?
"It really is. It's all happening really quick. I am trying to keep grounded and I don't wanna get big headed because of this. I want to be the same person I have always been. I have seen other guys let it go to their head and affect them. That won't happen to me. I am going to keep working hard and everything else will take care of itself,"said McKinzy.
I asked the true dual threat QB, who completed 61% of his passes as a sophomore while throwing for 2,700 yards and 32 TDs, and ran for another 900 yards and 14 TDs, to describe his game and strengths as a quarterback.
"I would say my footwork. That is the key to being a QB. Then my accuracy, my arm. I think my ability to make plays with my feet and my arm. I can throw the ball 65-75 yards or run the option and take it the length of the field with my speed. I am a physical runner and like to make yards after contact. I try and model my game after Michael Vick, Cam Newton and Tyrod Taylor. I have been very lucky to have great coaches in Coach Paul and Coach Skip (Stizell), who is the best QB coach in the country," said McKinzy.
Dimonic McKinzy seems very mature for his age. He sees his future is ahead of him, but keeps it all in perspective.
"Obviously, I would prefer to play QB in college. But it's football. I love the game. I would be just as happy and work just as hard no matter where I played. The college attention is great, but I am really focused on my high school team and us having a great season. That comes first."
ShowMeMizzou.com will follow continue Dimonic McKinzy's recruitment.