Navy offers Oklahoma S/WR

Navy is looking to the Sooner State's talent pool and recently extended an offer to McKinley Whitfield out of Spiro (Okla.) High School. The 6-foot-3, 192-pound high school quarterback/defensive back projects at either safety or wide receiver at the D1 level.

"The Navy offer really caught me by surprise," Whitfield exclaimed to GoMids.com. "It was two weeks ago and I was at a track meet and the coach told me I have an offer waiting on you. So I asked him if he was really offering me, and he said 'yes I am'.

"I wasn't expecting it, but I'm excited to receive it. Navy's a big-time school with a big-time D1 program. He said they love my athleticism, especially for someone my size. They like how I can come down field and make the big hit. I believe the offer is at safety. It depends on the coach but most schools like me at safety or wide receiver. I've done a little bit of some research on Navy. I know you have a job waiting on you when you come out of school. Everybody at my school says how great it is, but I haven't really dug in and given it a hard look yet."

Aside from a JUCO offer for football, Navy was the second school to offer Whitfield, but his first offer, from Central Arkansas, is for basketball. After starting at wide receiver as a sophomore, Whitfield moved to quarterback in his junior season and passed and rushed for more than 2000 yards combined. He also added 70 tackles and four interceptions at safety and took two punt returns back for touchdowns while leading the Bulldogs to an 8-3 record.

Currently, Whitfield is competing in the 200 meter dash and three relay events, but he's garnering more recruiting attention from schools like Memphis, Tulsa, Oklahoma State, Morgan State, and Central Oklahoma.

"I'm looking to fall in love with the school I commit to," he said. "It's just a matter of finding the right fit and have it feel right. I'm also looking for some early playing time."

Whitfield could easily find early playing time with his unique ability on both sides of the ball and on special teams. His school is located in eastern Oklahoma near the Arkansas border and the city of Fort Smith.

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