2016 Target: Kennedy McKoy

LEXINGTON, N.C. --- North Carolina is among the schools that have been in contact with North Davidson High’s coaching staff regarding Kennedy McKoy. The interest led the 6-foot-1, 188-pound running back to camp at UNC in July.

Scouting Report

“He’s an extremely explosive running back,” North Davidson head coach Mark Holcomb said. “He’s a strong kid. He’s fast.”

Prep Career

Following a season on junior varsity, McKoy filled a starting running back vacancy on the varsity squad as a sophomore. He responded with 1,450 yards and 14 touchdowns on rushes, and added five more scores on receptions. As a result, he was named to the All-Central Piedmont and All-Davidson County teams.

“He’s done a lot of great work in the offseason,” Holcomb said. “He had a great year for us last year as a sophomore. And this year he’s about 192 pounds, same speed, but a lot stronger. And he’s begun being more of a leader on the field, which is what we need.”


Charlotte and NC State have offered McKoy scholarships.

“[North] Carolina has contacted us a lot,” Holcomb said. “They said they’ll be back in touch with me.”

McKoy is also receiving significant interest from Tennessee and Wake Forest.

In July, McKoy made his first visit to UNC when he attended the Tar Heels’ final camp of the summer.

“They wanted me to come to the Freak Show, but I didn’t get a chance to go,” McKoy said. “So they told me to come in July.”

Throughout the camp, McKoy worked out under Larry Porter, UNC’s running backs coach.

“He was very energetic, good coach,” McKoy said. “He teaches the fundamentals of football – good footwork, bursting out, finishing.”

After the camp, McKoy remained on campus to speak more with Porter and Chris Kapilovic, who serves as his primary recruiter.

“They said they have to finish up the 2015 recruiting class and then they’re going to take a better look at me this year,” McKoy said.

Before heading back to Lexington, McKoy toured UNC’s campus.

“It was nice,” McKoy said. “ACC schools are like SEC facilities, which are nice.”

McKoy also camped at NC State, Tennessee, Virginia Tech, and Wake Forest this summer.

Through McKoy’s visits a couple of schools have began to stick out.

“Definitely, Tennessee and NC State,” McKoy said. “Tennessee is an SEC school, so it would be a great place to play. NC State, I just kind of like it there. They have a good coaching staff [and] nice facilities.”

NC State and Tennessee are also two of the schools found on teammate Shy Tuttle’s finalists list. Wherever Tuttle ends up, “might” affect McKoy’s decision, he says.

“It’s a lot of fun playing with Shy,” McKoy said. “He’s a good player. It probably would be just as fun playing with him in college as it is here [at North Davidson].”

Extra Notes

McKoy is also a part of North Davidson’s track-and-field team participating in the long jump, triple-jump, and 4x100 relay… McKoy grew up a Florida fan.

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