2016 four-star Corona (Calif.) Centennial wide receiver Javon McKinley has become one of the key cogs for the Southern Section champ this year, churning out great performance after great performance in his team’s march through the playoffs.
Last weekend, McKinley and Centennial beat the defending champs St. John Bosco, and McKinley was pumped up after the game.
“Oh, it feels great,” McKinley said. “We played fast and physical and just went up against a great team and beat them. I’m feeling great right now, and we’ve got another big game in front of us.”
This weekend, Corona Centennial will take on De La Salle in the state playoffs, which should provide an excellent challenge. As well as this season has gone for his team, though, McKinley is hoping for more next year during his senior campaign.
“I’m hoping to be twice as good, get a lot bigger, and get a lot more physical,” McKinley said. “I want to have twice the season I had this year.”
As for recruiting, McKinley has received a flurry of offers during this recent march through the playoffs, bringing the current tally to 10, with offers from UCLA, USC, Notre Dame, Texas Tech, Arizona, Arizona State, California, Colorado, Northwestern, and Washington. Although he’s a local kid, he said that location won’t really factor into his decision.
“It’s not really important for me to stay local,” McKinley said. “I really have no idea what school I want to go to yet. I still have so much to see.”
That said, McKinley did have a childhood favorite, who has recently offered.
“Growing up, USC was my favorite because my neighbor played for USC,” McKinley said. “They’ve been talking to me a lot, and they’ve seen what I’m doing. They’ve been recruiting me heavily.”
One of McKinley’s earliest offers was from UCLA, and the Bruins are pretty heavily in the mix for him as well.
“Coach Eric Yarber has been loving what I’m doing,” McKinley said. “He’s hoping to get me up there in a couple of years. I’ve been up to the Rose Bowl for a game and it was awesome, just being in the crowd, watching the game, being with all those other recruits that I’ve played again, it was just a friendly, fun atmosphere.”
McKinley has taken unofficial visits to each of USC, UCLA, and Washington, and hopes to take more in the spring. As for a decision timeline, he’s decided to push back his initial plans.
“I first wanted to get it done toward the end of my junior year,” McKinley said. “But with all of the new offers, I really want to take some official visits before I make my decision. I don’t think I’ll wait til Signing Day, but I’m just not sure yet.”
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