RECRUITING: Sooners lead for Texas RB?

DeCatur, Texas running back/fullback Andrew McKinney expects to get a visit from OU in the near future

ANDREW McKINNEY, RB, 6'4, 215, 4.54, DeCATUR, TEXAS:

McKinney is a big running back that could grow into a fullback in college, but still be unique because he would be blessed with running back skills. Then again, he could be that big tailback that many schools look for when they want to pound the ball out of the I-formation.

McKinney worked his way into the starting lineup at tailback for the final two games his sophomore year and then became the man last season when he rushed for 1,293 on 193 carries and 25 touchdowns. McKinney is also an excellent receiver, adding close to 400 yards on 17 receptions.

"I lined up at receiver when we went empty sets in the backfield," said McKinney. "I also caught the ball on swing routes out of the backfield and on streak routes straight down the middle of the field."

McKinney looks like the old fashion tailback type who can carry the ball all game long.

"I think because of my size I remind most people of a one-back type or a power back of some kind," said McKinney. "I know that I like to hit people and I have a pretty physical running style."

McKinney hasn't been able to lift weights that much during school, because he is always participating in other sports, so we will not post his bench total until after he has spent a summer in the weight room. McKinney is also confident that by the end of the summer he can have his forty time under 4.5. McKinney is a reserve in hoops and he runs on the mile relay (50.3), participates on the 800 relay, triple jump (42.10), long jump (21'7) and the 200M in track.

McKinney is just now getting into the recruiting process and he has a number of schools who are showing a great interest.

"OU, Texas Tech, Nebraska (cousin Justin Smith played at Nebraska) and SMU are showing the most interest," said McKinney. "I have had Army and Rice come to see me practice thus far. Most of the schools are recruiting me as a tailback, but OU is the most serious school thus far and they are recruiting me as an ‘H' back that would play one-back, fullback and some at slot receiver.

"OU has to be my leader right now and I am pretty interested in them right now," said McKinney. "Coach (Cale) Gundy is coming down to see me next week and I have a real interest in Oklahoma."

McKinney will take the ACT on June 14th and his GPA is outstanding.

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