Dec. 9 started out like any other day for junior wide receiver Javon McKinley.
The 6-foot-2, 190-pounder was quietly going about his business at Centennial High School in Corona, Calif., before being called into his coach’s office. McKinley left that brief meeting with a scholarship offer from Notre Dame.
“It was a great feeling especially for Notre Dame because I didn’t know that they were looking at me like that,” McKinley said. “For them to come down and offer me is a great feeling.”
Irish assistant coach Bob Elliott had visited the school prior to the offer and McKinley had received mail from Notre Dame. The offer was the first real contact McKinley had with the program.
With the offer under his belt McKinley hopes to visit the school later this spring.
“I do have visits planned but I’m undecided where to yet,” he said. “I have to talk to my parents about that. I do want to see Notre Dame and I might go to Oregon and also maybe Arizona.”
Notre Dame’s offer was the 12th for McKinley, who finished his junior season with 97 catches for 2,063 yards and 25 touchdowns.
Arizona State, California, Colorado, Northwestern, Oregon, UCLA and Washington are among the other major college programs that have extended a scholarship offer.
McKinley already has visited USC, UCLA, Washington and Arizona State.
He hopes to commit at one of the All-American bowls next year.
McKinley helped lead the Centennial Huskies to a 12-3 record and a California Interscholastic Federation Southern Section championship in 2014.
The Huskies reached the CIF Open Division IV state championship game but dropped a 63-42 decision to De La Salle. McKinley caught six passes for 153 yards and two scores and also returned a kickoff 92 yards for a touchdown in the biggest game of the year.
“I thought it was an OK game I guess,” he said. “That’s something I try to do every week just to step up my game consistently for coming up against better opponents. I had a couple catches and two touchdowns and a kick return. It would have really helped if we came out with that ‘W’ but De La Salle wanted it more that day and it showed.”
McKinley hopes to attend a Nike Combine this spring and he is unsure if he will attend any college camps this summer.