Rutgers Heavily On Mind Of Georgia OL

In the coming weeks Carver High (Columbus, Ga.) offensive lineman Quincy McKinney plans to trim his list to a top eight. Many of the schools recruiting him have a strong southern or midwest flavor, but there is one program in the northeast he is thinking about. McKinney, a New Jersey native, spoke to about Rutgers, and he reveals how serious he is about the Scarlet Knights.

Carver High (Columbus, Ga.) offensive lineman Quincy McKinney's summer campus stopped at a number of places, but one was not New Jersey.

However, in discussing the upcoming trimming of his list, McKinney was only willing to reveal one school he believes will be in his top eight.


"I could see them in my top eight," the 6-foot-3, 295-pound McKinney said. "I already know a lot about Rutgers. I've been to a bunch of their games, so that factors in a little bit."

McKinney's knowledge stems from his Jersey roots. He lived in New Brunswick for a while before moving to South Jersey and playing at Lindenwold High. But he left school there and headed to Georgia because it would give him more visibility as a recruit.

"Going into my sophomore year of high school, I thought it would help my recruiting process more to be there," McKinney said. "It's different. I got better, but I won't say it's better. It's just different."

It's hard to argue with the success McKinney is enjoying on the recruiting front. He holds well over a dozen offers, including ones from Rutgers, South Carolina, Michigan State, Florida State, Nebraska and Tennessee.

During the summer he planned to return to New Jersey, but it never materialized. However, that does not mean his interest in the Scarlet Knights is lagging.

"I'm still trying to get to Rutgers," McKinney said. "I talk to (assistant) coach (Chris) Hewitt once every other week or so."

McKinney added he could take an official visit to Piscataway, and one thing he wants to do is meet coach Greg Schiano in person.

"I went to Rutgers as a recruit going into my junior year," he said, "but coach Schiano wasn't there that day."

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