Top receiver sees potential at ND
“Great school, overall,” McKinley said. “I like the old-school feel with all of the buildings, and the coaching staff is made up of really good guys. The facilities are great – weight room, practice fields and the home stadium are all very nice.”
The 6-foot-2, 202-pound four-star from Corona (Calif.) Centennial was joined by his family on the trip to the Midwest. Following a tour of campus, McKinley and his family met with Brian Kelly.
“We went into a meeting at the athletic building when we first got there, and then we saw the stadium, weight room and locker room, which were really nice,” McKinley said. “And then the other guys saw a video, but I missed it because I was talking with coach Kelly the whole time.
“He talked about how the school has great academics and football and how there’s no other school that has a balance of the two – it’s either great football or great academics, but Notre Dame really does both.”
McKinley was also able to spend one-on-one time with offensive coordinator Mike Sanford.
“(Sanford) is a good guy,” McKinley said. “He told me he’s been there a couple of months. I think he fits in really well with the school, and he’s fun to hang around with.”
The Irish spoke with McKinley about playing multiple spots at the wide out position.
“I’m used as an overall player,” McKinley said. “I can go outside or inside and maybe a little tight end. My coach uses me all over the place. Notre Dame said they would use me pretty much the same way – at the X, Y and Z positions.”
McKinley could be back at Notre Dame as early as June, but if not, he plans to return on an official visit.
“My coach will be at Notre Dame at the end of June giving a seminar, so I may travel with him then,” McKinley said. “If not, I will come back to Notre Dame for an official visit, that’s for sure.”
McKinley, who doesn’t list any leaders, visited UCLA in early April and has plans to see California and Stanford this spring. Alongside Notre Dame, Oregon is in a good spot to receive an official visit from McKinley.
“I have seen Oregon’s campus but not their facilities before, so I really want to check that out,” McKinley said. “I’m not for sure who else right now. Maybe Tennessee because everyone keeps telling me how great it is. I’m trying to take all five (visits) and make my decision at the Army Bowl.”
Following Saturday’s full day of competition at East Chicago Central High School, McKinley’s team, B2G 5-stars, finished a perfect 4-0.
“It’s going well, it was good competition,” McKinley said. “Being out here, it’s good to get away from all that Cali weather. Honestly, I like (cold weather) even though some people don’t.”
McKinley is ranked as the No. 2 wide receiver in the West and No. 6 wide receiver overall in the Class of 2016.