SAN ANTONIO - Decision day has arrived for Javon McKinley.
This afternoon the four-star receiver from Corona, Calif., will reveal his college choice during the U.S. Army All-American Bowl telecast. McKinley has known his destination all week but will use the platform of a national television audience to make it official.
Irish Illustrated previews the impending announcement of the top wide receiver target left for Notre Dame in the Class of 2016.
Finalists: Notre Dame, Oregon, Washington
Other offers: Arizona, Arizona State, Cal, Colorado, Florida, Fresno State, Illinois, Miami, Northwestern, Ohio State, Stanford, Tennessee, Texas Tech, UCLA, UNLV, USC, Vanderbilt, Washington State, Wisconsin
Scout300 ranking: 52
Position ranking: 8
Finalists, in his own words
Notre Dame: Great tradition. They bring good business to the school with their degree and what they offer. And then also coaching staff. Then it was an eye opener about two days ago with Will Fuller announcing his going to the draft. It’s a great opportunity going early into that school
Oregon: Great coaching staff, been there for many years. They know what they’re doing and have gotten a lot of guys to the NFL. I think there’s a good opportunity there. Also, good early starting opportunity.
Washington: I love the coaching staff. They’re all great. They do a real good job recruiting. I love Seattle. Seattle is a great area. And then also an early opportunity at starting as well.
McKinley was very good during the week of U.S. Army All-American Bowl practices. A lot of the receivers we saw struggled with drops, but McKinley did a good job minimizing his mistakes and proved a reliable target for a very talented group of quarterbacks. McKinley’s size is the first thing you notice about him. At 6-foot-2, 200 pounds, he can beat the vast majority of defensive backs he’s matched up against with his size. Though he’s already 200 pounds, he's long and has space on his frame to add a bit more weight. McKinley has a big catch radius. That, combined with his 6-foot-2 frame, means he should be a red zone ball winner at the next level. - Gabe Brooks, Scout.com recruiting analyst
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