McKoy Has a Plan

Kennedy McKoy is aiming to trim his list of schools down to five finalists. Having hosted him for a number of visits, the Tar Heels are in good position to make the cut.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. --- Although it’s merely a coincidence, Kennedy McKoy is following a similar decision trajectory as his former teammate Shy Tuttle.

“I’m looking to narrow everything down sometime this month, so I can get a top five schools,” McKoy said. “And then I’ll be ready to take my visits. And then I’ll make my decision probably the first game or before the season starts.”

Nine schools have offered McKoy, a 6-foot-1, 188-pound running back from Lexington (N.C.) North Davidson. Two schools are locks to make his reduction to five – Louisville and West Virginia.

“West Virginia, they offered me early and I really like how their coaches recruit,” McKoy said. “And when I went up there, I really enjoyed it – every second of it.

“And Louisville, they were my latest offer. And even though they were late, I got a good relationship with their coach, Coach [Todd] Grantham. He recruits me and he’s a pretty good guy. And then when I went up there, I liked everything – the facilities were nice, the spring game was good.”

While UNC isn’t a shoo-in to make the cut to five, the Tar Heels are in good position for McKoy.

“I really like Carolina,” McKoy said. “They offered me early, too. Since they’re closer, I get a chance to go up there more often. I have a good relationship with their coaches, too – Coach [Larry] Porter and Coach Kap [Chris Kapilovic].”

McKoy attended two Tar Heel Junior Days this offseason. Most recently, he was on hand for the more exclusive edition in early March where its attendees were treated to the UNC-Duke basketball game.

“[The March junior day] was a great experience,” McKoy said. “The hype of the [basketball] game was great and the junior day was good, too. It wasn’t like your typical junior day where you go around and get a tour. It was more of a laidback type like where everybody had fun. It was pretty nice. I liked it.”

McKoy is the Central Piedmont Conference’s reining Offensive Player of the Year. He finished his junior campaign with 2,061 yards and 27 touchdowns on 201 rushes (10.25-yard average), and 23 receptions for 292 yards and two scores.

Despite his versatility, UNC projects McKoy simply as a running back, his high school position.

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