Recruiting: McKinney Could Get Opportunity

Myron McKinney is a dynamo. The physically gifted 6-4, 300-pounder doesn't do anything halfway and that extends to his faith. You may have seen him belting out the bass harmony with his church choir on the television show "Oklahoma High School Sports." You may have seen him telling the story of his faith at an FCA meeting, or you may have seen him living up to the half joking nickname "Big Hurt" on his cell phone answering message.

If you saw the latter it was on the football field as McKinney can push defensive linemen with the best of them, earning unanimous All-State accolades at Putnam City North.

McKinney switched his commitment toward the end of the recruiting season from Arkansas to Oklahoma State feeling it was better for himself and his family to stay in state.

"It's the right thing for me," said McKinney. "My mom and my family need me, and I want to be close and Oklahoma State is a great school for me to play football and get my education. I am also very involved in FCA and to get to work with John Talley (North Central Oklahoma FCA Director) will be a real blessing."

McKinney knows he will be very involved with FCA at Oklahoma State and already has a real comfort zone with John Talley.

"My coaches at Putnam City North had told me about him, so I knew of him for a long time," said McKinney. "I have actually known John for a solid year, and yes, he is a great guy. He makes it fun."

Something else that is fun is football. McKinney has plenty of gifts to be a very good college offensive lineman. Physically he is ready to play with his strength and that 710-pound squat that will put him at the top of the lifting charts when he reports to Oklahoma State. He's a rare offensive line recruit who could actually play early.

"Coach "Wick" (offensive line coach Joe Wickline) has told me that depending on how I develop and how quickly I learn the terminology at Oklahoma State that I could be pushing for a starting spot," said McKinney. "My physical tools have a lot to do with that, but I think even more important is maturity. I have been through a lot and I am more mature than most players my age. I had to grow up faster in my situation. If I get my shot I can promise you I am going to make the most of it and do the best I can to make the Cowboys great. I have to take it one day at a time and if I get the opportunity then take advantage of it."

McKinney speaks with conviction. He's had a lot of practice and it's really hard not to believe. What you see is what you get.

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