McKinney names Irish leader

Three-star safety Prentice McKinney of Dallas, Texas has a top four, and a leader in Notre Dame. McKinney breaks down why he likes Notre Dame, his relationship with Kerry Cooks and what his timetable for recruitment looks like.

Safety Prentice McKinney of Dallas (Texas) South Oaks Cliff was offered by the Irish last month, and he now has a top four, with one school running out in front.

"Notre Dame, Michigan, Oklahoma and Boise State are my top four," McKinney said. "And, Notre Dame is my top school right now."

McKinney said he speaks with Irish defensive backs coach Kerry Cooks two or three times a week.

"I actually spoke with Coach Cooks this morning," McKinney said. "We just chit chatted, and I updated him with how I was doing. He's a really cool coach. He's told me that first off, Notre Dame likes my grades and what kind of person I am. And, they really like my film."

The 6-foot-3, 180-pound defensive back calls former Notre Dame linebacker Joe Thomas his mentor.

"Notre Dame has rich history and a big alumni base," McKinney said. "I talk every day with Joe Thomas, who actually played linebacker for Notre Dame. He's like my mentor with everything."

McKinney has visited Oklahoma and Texas thus far this spring for junior days. He's unsure if he'll make it to Notre Dame this spring, but plans to this summer. He plans to decide on a college before the start of his senior year.

"I want to visit this spring, but it might not happen until the summer," McKinney said. "It's special that Notre Dame is recruiting me. They are a great football program and play on TV every week. They travel everywhere to play and have a great fan base."

McKinney didn't receive his first offer until last October, but since then has hauled in offers from the likes of Arizona State, Arkansas, Michigan, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Oregon State.

"I'm versatile, and that's what colleges like," McKinney said. "I can play free safety or strong safety. I can cover in space or play man."

McKinney said he's hearing frequently from Alabama, Ohio State and Oklahoma State, and those programs could be next to offer.

McKinney is a three-star prospect and is ranked as the No. 34 safety in the class of 2015. Top Stories