The path for that dream starts on June 15 when McKie, a 6-foot, 190-pound wide receiver from Mauldin (S.C.), arrives on campus.
"I'm trying to come in this summer, work my butt off, and hope it gets me some playing time," McKie said. "With it being so wide open, I've got to take advantage of my opportunity."
With his spring track season concluded, McKie's focus will exclusively be on preparing to fulfill his dream – especially fully following the workout regimen Jeff Connors, UNC's strength and conditioning coach, assigned him.
"That's been kind of tough [to follow during the track season], but I'm trying to get back on that," McKie said. "With track over, I'll be able to manage my time with that better. It's going to be football, football, football."
McKie participated in the 200- and 400-meter dash and 4x100 and 4x400 relays. Both of his relay teams competed in the state qualifying meet Saturday, but they fell short of qualifying for the state championship meet.
Charlie Williams, UNC's wide receivers coach, and McKie communicate approximately twice a month.
"[We mostly discuss] school and working out," McKie said. "[He usually is] asking me how I'm doing."
McKie believes he is academically qualified. He's not being asked to retake either the SAT or ACT.
During a conversation with Butch Davis, McKie asked for the No. 11 jersey. At the time Cam Sexton was still on the team, so Davis and McKie discussed the No. 10 instead. With Sexton now gone, McKie will see about claiming No. 11.
"Larry Fitzgerald is my favorite receiver," McKie said. "But I'd be happy with either number."