RECRUITING: Kentucky DT to visit Norman?

Louisville, Ken. defensive tackle James McKinney update.

James McKinney, DT, 6-3, 275, 4.9, LOUISVILLE (CENTRAL HS), KENTUCKY:

JH: How has your summer gone?

JM: "I have stayed in Louisville working out. I didn't get a chance to visit any schools unofficially. I went to camp at Michigan and Kentucky. I have been running and lifting weights all summer. I strained my lumbar in my back lifting weights and I had to back off a little bit."

JH: How did you do in the camps?

JH: "I did well at those camps. I got the tight end award at Michigan. At Kentucky, I did well and it was fun. I went up against some good players at both camps. Cory Zirbel impressed me at Michigan. He was pretty decent. At UK it was Kenny Ray Turner, who committed to Kentucky.

JH: How many offers do you have?

JM: "The last time I counted my list was up to 35. I have to go home and check my mail. I haven't checked my mail in about a month. I haven't been home because I have been visiting family this summer."

JH: How you managed to get you're recruiting down any further since the last time we talked?

JM: "I narrowed my choices down to 14 schools last month. It has been pretty tough to narrow it down any more since then. I want to narrow it down to six pretty soon, but that is going to be very tough."

JH: Who are the schools you are still considering?

JM: "I am still considering Michigan, Ohio State, USC, Oregon, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Nebraska, Clemson, Boston College, Florida, LSU, Kentucky, U of L and Cincinnati."

JH: What do you think about Oklahoma?

JM: "I like them a lot, but I don't know too much about them. I have watched them play a lot on television, but I don't know too much about their university. Their defensive line coach (Jackie Shipp) is a good guy and I have talked to him a few times. I haven't talked to Coach Bob Stoops yet, and I am looking forward to that. I like them a lot and I like their defensive line scheme. The defensive lineman at Oklahoma are pla makers and not run-stuffers at the line of scrimmage. At some schools the defensive line just take on blockers so that the linebackers can make plays, but at OU the defensive tackles are like defensive ends because they are always fighting up field."

JH: Do you think you are going to visit OU?

JM: "I don't know if I am going to visit OU or not. That is something that I haven't decided yet. I have a visit already set to Nebraska (9-11) and I think I am going to set one with Michigan. I also like Oklahoma State, and I don't think I will visit both OU and Oklahoma State. I think it is going to come down to those schools for my third visit."

JH: Since you have visits set with Nebraska and Michigan, are they your leaders?

JM: "I am wide open right now. I have just set a visit with Nebraska because they showed me a visit list and I took a slot. OU showed me their visit list and I am considering visiting there."

JH: When do you hope to set your visits?

JM: "I want my visits to be set before September because I want them set before my season starts. I am going to Louisville on September 5 unofficially and I want to get my visits set so that I can visit the other four schools unofficially."

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