Apr. 9 -- Corona (Calif.) Centennial wide out Javon McKinley took a visit to a local school last week and will hit the road next for a pair of out of the region unofficial visits...
is among the nation's top pass catchers following a huge junior year. He's currently rated the No. 30 overall recruit in the nation and has a very nice combination of size, hands, toughness and athleticism.
Playing against what was arguably the toughest gauntlet of playoff teams a team had to run through to win a CIF title in the last decade, McKinley was a man among boys, taking his game to another level. He totaled 44 catches for 860 yards and nine touchdowns in four playoff games and finished the season with 97 catches for 2,062 yards and 25 touchdowns.
On the recruiting front, McKinley has blown past the double digit offer mark and will be taking some visits outside the region shortly. He stayed closer to home last week and visited UCLA
on Thursday and Saturday.
"The coaches at UCLA have wanted me to come up and visit for a while and I was finally able to do it," McKinley said. "I went up Thursday to watch practice and that was great. They were just in shells but were still going full speed and being fast and physical.
"I got to sit down with Coach Yarber, the WR coach, and Coach Mora after practice and they showed me around the campus and the football facilities. I saw the hall of fame, the locker room and weight room and also talked with the head of academics for the athletic department. It was a good visit and I'm definitely giving UCLA a hard look."
McKinley's next two visits will be outside the region.
"Our B2G team is playing in Miami
next week and I'm going to visit the U while were out there," McKinley said. "That should be a lot of fun, Miami has great tradition so I'm excited to see the place.
"The following week, we're visiting Chicago and we're going to visit Notre Dame
while we're out there. Notre Dame was a big offer for me and I have wanted to visit there for a while. They have a great program and a great combination of football, tradition and academics so it should be a great time."
McKinley is coming up to Oakland for The Opening Regional Camp in May and said he'll visit California
that weekend. The athlete is planning to make his announcement at the Army AA Game and is hoping to take three official visits during the season before pulling the trigger.
"I know one will be to Oregon
," McKinley said. "After that, I'm not sure where I'll go. I've never been to Oregon before but I love that offense, it's a lot like what we do at Centennial.
"So I'll go there for sure and will figure out the other two later in the year. I don't think I'll be able to take all five but that's why it's good I'm doing so many unofficial visits. It will give a chance to see more schools to compare with each other."