McKinney commits to Notre Dame
Safety Prentice McKinney of Dallas (Texas) South Oak Cliff surprised Notre Dame secondary coach Kerry Cooks on Thursday night with some exciting news. "I called Coach Cooks up tonight and committed," McKinney said. "He was very surprised. He was speechless. He said that he was really proud of me and congratulated me and said he was very excited to get the opportunity to coach me." McKinney, who chose Notre Dame over Michigan, Oklahoma and Boise State (in that order), named the Irish his leader earlier this month. But, instead of waiting to take his first visit to South Bend and see Notre Dame in person, McKinney didn't see any point in waiting. "My parents encouraged me to commit, and I wanted to, so I did," McKinney said. "Everything about Notre Dame seemed right, and I was getting anxious because I really wanted to commit to them. I didn't want to wait any longer." The 6-foot-2, 180-pound safety said it was the academic opportunities that Notre Dame could offer him that set the Irish apart from his finalists. "Notre Dame is a great school," McKinney said. "They are an academic school. If football doesn't work out for me, I will have a great degree, so it's a win-win situation." McKinney has plans to see Notre Dame the weekend of April 12, the weekend of the annual Blue & Gold game. "I'm going up there on April 12," McKinney said. "We just set that up tonight. I'll fly up there with my parents to see the spring game. I'm really excited to see it in person and meet all the coaches and everything. McKinney calls Joe Thomas, a former inside linebacker for Notre Dame, his mentor. "My mentor played a role in my decision, but I know that he was going to be there for me no matter what, regardless of where I choose to go to school," McKinney said. "But, he's really happy I chose Notre Dame." McKinney joins quarterback Blake Barnett, offensive tackle Jerry Tillery and offensive guard Tristen Hoge as commitments in the 2015 class. Expect the Irish to try and sign one more safety (and two cornerbacks) in this class.
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