Junior 4-Star LB Likes UCLA

Four-star 2015 linebacker Arthur McGinnis from Louisiana talks about his fantastic junior season, his recruitment and more. Which four BCS programs got mentioned by the blue-chip junior?

New Orleans (Louisiana) Warren Easton's Arthur McGinnis is looking forward to visits at LSU, Mississippi State and UCLA, and he's also enjoying being recruited by Texas A&M.

"I've been too busy with practices and our team's games to go to any college games lately, but I plan to visit LSU, UCLA and Mississippi State," McGinnis said. "I like Frank Wilson at LSU, Coach (Mark) Hagen and Marcel Yates at A&M, Coach (Jeff) Ulbrich from UCLA and Greg Knox at Mississippi State.

"I can't say how exactly I feel about colleges until I go visit and get a better look. I like how UCLA is grinding and getting better. The coaches from UCLA are amazing, the way they don't pressure me...I like that."

The Bruins, Aggies and Bulldogs are the three reported offers thus far for McGinnis, the nation's 17th-ranked 2015 outside linebacker.

"Our season is going great," the four-star said. "We're trying to bounce back hard, coming off a loss (to Landry/Walker). I'm executing well and believe I'm playing great football.

"I'm getting in the backfield every time, but there's always room for improvement. I'm still working things like using more moves. In the past, I would bull rush and run right through the offensive linemen, but I'm going to use more moves with us going into the playoffs soon."

Easton completed the regular season last night with an 8-2 mark, an improvement over last year. The Eagles went 5-5 in 2012 and reached the first round of the 4A playoffs (lost to St. Thomas More).

McGinnis and his teammates were ranked No. 8 in 4A entering last night's game vs. nationally-ranked Edna Karr, the defending state champion (and currently the highest-ranked Louisiana squad at No. 23 in the FOX Sports 50).

Karr defeated Easton, 47-26.

In week seven, the 6-2 1/2, 215-pounder racked up five sacks in a 36-34 win over district rival McDonogh #35, which advanced to the 4A semis last fall.

In the one-point setback to Landry/Walker, he collected 10 tackles, three for loss, recorded six QB hurries, a sack and forced two fumbles. McGinnis complimented Landry/Walker three-star offensive lineman Alex Anderson, an Arizona State commit, after the two fiercely and frequently locked horns for four quarters in a 13-12 defensive struggle.

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