McKinney, the 6-foot-3, 300-pound offensive lineman out of Putnam City North High School in Oklahoma City, recently sat down with his family and came to a conclusion that it's going to be extremely difficult on his family if he goes out of state. McKinney, who originally gave a verbal commitment to Arkansas, said he has cancelled his trip to Missouri and is now planning to take official visits to only Arkansas (Dec. 2) and Oklahoma State (Dec. 9).
"I don't think my family is strong enough right now to handle me going out of state," McKinney said Sunday night. "My sister, she's 12, told me she's all of a sudden worried about me going out of state. I told my family it's just Arkansas, but it's scaring everybody. I'm really starting to think twice about it now. It's put me in a situation I really don't want to be in. Right now, I'm feeling more pros in going to OSU than in Arkansas."
McKinney was in Stillwater for the Cowboys' 24-17 upset over 13th-ranked Texas Tech on Saturday afternoon.
"It was a lot of fun," he said. "I just love OSU fans so much. They're going through some growing pains right now but they're such great fans. In all the times I've been up there this season I've never heard anyone get down on the team or coaches. They've been there supporting them the whole year, through thick and thin.
"It was exciting to see them put it together (against Texas Tech). I know that once OSU gets some horses in there they will be able to compete with anybody in the nation."
McKinney said he spent a lot of time Saturday visiting with latest Cowboy commit Alex Cate of Cottonwood High School in Salt Lake City. Cate, ranked the sixth best quarterback in the nation by Scout.com, gave a verbal commitment to the Cowboys after the game Saturday.
"Coach (Vance) Bedford was the one who I think introduced us," McKinney said. "I sat down and talked to him on the sideline during the pregame and then we sat beside each other during the game, and I visited with him and his parents. His mom made a sweet little gesture to me. She said that she wouldn't mind having a big guy like me out there protecting his back side. His mom and dad were really nice. He's got a sweet family."
Although McKinney and Cate didn't even know each other 48 hours ago, the Cowboys' newest commitment definitely left a lasting impression on the Oklahoma City offensive lineman.
"Him committing plays a pretty big role in my decision. I like him a lot and wouldn't mind playing with him," McKinney said.
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