McKinney Excited About SMU Offer

3-star South Oak Cliff DB Prentice McKinney talks about his new offer!

Just a few weeks ago, SMU wide receivers coach Jason Phillips extended an offer to South Oak Cliff wide out J.F. Thomas. Over the weekend, Phillips turned his attention to another prospect from the local program.

This time, he offered 2015 three-star safety Prentice McKinney. A versatile athlete, McKinney played on both sides of the ball at South Oak Cliff this past season. SMU is looking at McKinney as a defensive back, and he hopes to hear from Phillips and the rest of the coaching staff soon.

"I actually found out about the offer through my coach. He saw me at school and pulled me aside and told me SMU had offered," McKinney said. "I called my parents about it right away, and they were excited and said it was a good school. My teachers were proud of me too and said they have really good academics.

"It's really cool because the offered J.F. too, and we grew up together. We play basketball together too. I told him that I had gotten offered to, and he told me was happy and that SMU is a good school. They're also interested in Jamile Johnson, and he's like a brother to me."

It will be interesting to see how long it takes for Phillips and company to get in contact with McKinney after the dead period ends later this week. McKinney said he is really looking forward to having a conversation with Phillips because he doesn't know too much about SMU.

For now, he's been doing research on his own and likes what he's found out about the football program and school.

"I'm interested in them if they're interested in me. I just want to take a visit and meet the coaches. I like that they have a good school, and they were good in the 80s," McKinney said. "I want to be an engineer, and one of the big things to me is academics."

Usually, most recruits tend to mention academics. But McKinney truly means it. He maintains a 3.2 GPA at South Oak Cliff and prides himself on his intelligence and ability to read the quarterback on the football field.

McKinney, who also holds offers from Arkansas, Colorado State and Nebraska, recorded 74 tackles and five interceptions this past season as he led the Golden Bears to the third round of the playoffs. At 6-foot-2, 180-pounds, McKinney compares himself to Ed Reed of the New York Jets.

"I feel I'm like Ed Reed because he encourages the defense and has really good ball skills and a good IQ," McKinney said. "This offseason, I'm try to put on a little more weight and keep improving my speed."

McKinney plans on taking the recruiting process slow and doesn't have any favorites at the moment. He also added that a decision likely wouldn't come until after his senior season.

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