Ft. Worth (TX) Dunbar finished the 2013 season with a 10-1 record and district championship. The Wildcats are not short on talent heading into the 2014 season as two of their biggest playmakers return to pace the district champions; running back Taylor Martin and athlete Devonta Kinney.
At 5-foot-10, 175-pounds, Kinney was a do-everything player for Dunbar as a sophomore starting at receiver, cornerback and kickoff return. He accounted for 11 touchdowns for the Wildcats while hauling in 16 passes averaging 23.1 yards per reception.
Kinney is a do-everything player for DunbarIn addition to the offers he holds from TCU and Oklahoma, Kinney is hearing from a few others at the moment.
Kinney received his offer from TCU during the Frogs' first-ever sophomore day. The coaching staff hosted several top prospects from the 2016 class from across the state and just a few walked out with an offer. Kinney was shocked to learn he would be one of those players.
"It was shocking because when I went I thought we were going to work out; I didn't know it was a super sophomore day," he said. "It was a shocker because they pulled me into the office and told me I was one of the few that were being offered by TCU. He told me not to take it for granted."
Kinney says he likes what he sees in TCU; especially with head coach Gary Patterson who made him feel comfortable during his visit. The only question if Kinney decides to attend TCU would be which side of the ball he'd line up on.
"I like them because I've talked with Coach Patterson one on one and he gave me a good experience," he said. "He wants me to come play ball here and I like TCU. I told Coach Patterson I would like to play on both sides of the ball and he told me what best fits me is at corner. But, he said I would for sure get a chance to play on offense and kickoff return."
In addition to Patterson, Kinney has also built a strong relationship with his recruiter Doug Meacham. According to Kinney, Meacham recruited him while he was an assistant at Oklahoma State and offensive coordinator at Houston. With time spent at three different programs, Kinney says Meacham knows where his best fit is.
"Coach Meacham told me that he thinks TCU is the best fit for me; he wants me there," he said. "He was recruiting me at Oklahoma State and then he went to Houston for a year and came to TCU. He said TCU would be the best fit for me."
Kinney recently participated in the LaDainian Tomlinson Preparatory Academy last weekend that was held on TCU's campus. He plans to attend TCU's camp later this month and has a few more stops he'd like to make.
"Oklahoma wants me to come back up and Missouri also wants me to come up," he said.
Although TCU is a short drive from home, Kinney says proximity won't matter much. However, he does admit that his mom would like him to be close to home.
"I don't think location will matter, but I know my mom will want me to come see me play ball," Kinney said laughing.