Welcome to OU: Prentice McKinney

Safety finds late home with the Sooners during recruiting process

They’re no longer commits. They’re no longer signees. They are now freshmen at Oklahoma, and Sooners Illustrated caught up with the majority of the 2015 class one last time before they arrived on campus.

Up next is safety Prentice McKinney.

Dallas South Oak Cliff High S Prentice McKinney (6-2, 180, No. 35 S)

The story: The long winding road brought McKinney to OU. Originally committed to Notre Dame, then North Carolina, OU made a late surge that culminated with him flipping to the Sooners on signing day. OU had offered before his Irish commitment and came on strong once it knew McKinney wasn’t headed to Notre Dame. – Bob Przybylo

When you first got the OU offer, did you think you’d sign?

Yeah. I liked the Sooners because they’re a brotherhood, and they take care of business. I like the way coach Mike Stoops and coach Bob Stoops take care of the football players. I liked the graduation rates between the football players. Those guys are very unique, and I can depend on them and we can depend on one another.

When did you know OU was right for you?

Actually, they offered me my junior year. When they offered me, they were in my top three. When I had committed to Notre Dame, that’s what I was locked in. I started looking, and when I started looking, that’s when I de-committed from Notre Dame. After I de-committed, Oklahoma came right back in the picture. When I took my official visit, that’s when everything was locked and loaded. They played a really big part. They were on me since they first offered.

On your visit, is that when you realized the brotherhood?

When I took my official, that’s when I saw everything that I needed to know and wanted to know. That’s what I thought the place was going to be the perfect fit for me.

You de-committed from Notre Dame, was that the toughest part of the recruiting process for you?

The toughest part was just making a commitment, and de-committing was very tough. I had to start all over. I wanted my decision to be the best decision I made. I wanted to make sure that it was going to be the best decision I could make.

Do you have a roommate yet?

It will either be Antoine (Stephens) from Kimball High School or either Kahlil Haughton or P.J. Mbanasor.

You and Antoine grew up near each other, right?

He stays like right down the street from me. We’ve played against each other.

Do you think that’ll be nice to room with a guy you know so well?

That’ll be really nice, too. I’m close with Kahlil and P.J., too. That’s why either of those three would be really nice.

Do you have a jersey number picked out yet?

I’m thinking it will be 24, but if there are any teen numbers available, I’ll take those. Really, a number is a number to me.

Have you figured out what you want to study?

I actually want to be a registered nurse. I was planning on doing summer school and maybe in the next three years, trying to go into the league and then finish off my degree.

What draws you to the nursing field?

I like the idea of being a nurse for the way they get paid. You also deal with patients. I like dealing with people and things of that nature. I’m really interested in being a nurse.

What’s the No. 1 think you’re looking forward to as a freshman at Oklahoma?

The No. 1 thing I’m looking forward to is being with the guys, hanging out, grinding on the football field every day in the summer and competing. That’s what I’m really looking forward to.

What assistant coach would you say was most influential in you making the decision to come to OU?

I’m really cool with coach (Jay) Boulware and coach Mike Stoops, especially coach (Kerry) Cooks. Coach Cooks, he came from Notre Dame. We already had that connection even before I made the decision to go to Oklahoma. We had the connection for over a year.

How much of a role did coach Cooks play in you coming to Oklahoma?

He played a big role. I can really depend on that guy. He’s very loyal. He’s a great guy, ad he produces great talent.

If you weren’t coming to Oklahoma, where do you think you would have wound up?

If I wasn’t at Oklahoma, I think I would have been at North Carolina.

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