RECRUITING: Kentucky DT listing Oklahoma

Louisville, Ky. defensive tackle James McKinney says there's a chance he could attend OU's summer camp.


James McKinney is a prototype defensive tackle prospect that so many collegiate coaches covet. He is big, physical, quick and is impossible to handle one-on-one.

A starter since his freshman year (tight end), McKinney added defensive end from that point on to become a fixture on both sides of the ball.

"Believe it or not tight end has been my primary position," said McKinney. "On defense I have been playing defensive end and this year I will play more at defensive tackle. I will play anywhere they want me to play, but I know that more coaches are looking at me on defense than offense at this point."

McKinney can bench 345 pounds, squats 480 (sophomore totals) and he has a 27 1/2 inch vertical jump. He has camped at Michigan and Notre Dame and he hopes to make it back to Michigan, Notre Dame and either Oklahoma or Ohio State this summer.

McKinney finished last season with 70 tackles (20 tackles for losses) and 10 1/2 sacks. At fullback he carried the ball seven times for 94 yards and two touchdowns, and he hauled in 14 passes for 290 yards and four more scores. On top of all that he is the place-kicker and deep snapper on the punt unit.

"I just try to do anything that I can to help the team. If I am the best at something then I am not afraid of the challenge," said McKinney. "I don't think I will ever play quarterback, but if they asked me to I would give it a try."

McKinney has lost count of all the offers that has come his way and the moment he is says he is wide open.

"The rumor that I am a soft commitment to Michigan is not true because right now I am wide open," says McKinney. "I like Michigan, but I like a number of schools. Some of the schools that I am really interested in are Michigan, Notre Dame, Florida State, Ohio State, Oklahoma State and Oklahoma.

"I really like Oklahoma and think they are a great program. I just don't much about the school, town or program. But I want to know more and look forward to hearing more about them."

McKinney has qualified.

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