Javon McKinley Recaps Washington Visit

Sep. 25 -- Corona (Calif.) Centennial wide out Javon McKinley took his first official visit of the year this past weekend to Washington.

Scout's No. 49 player in the nation, receiver Javon McKinley took an official visit to Washington over the weekend. It was McKinley's third time checking out the Husky campus.

"It was a real good visit, I definitely have high interest in Washington right now," McKinley said. "The highlight for me was being at the stadium and watching the game. It was really loud in there, they have a great stadium and a great fan base. It wasn't quite a sell out but I heard their game with Cal this weekend is already sold out and I know it will be really loud in there.

"They have a young team and I think they're definitely on the rise. I was impressed with the team, I think they can still fine tune some things but they have some good, young talent. I was impressed with the quarterback, Jake Browning. He held his own and looks very solid. I like the offense and the scheme and like I said, they're definitely moving in the right direction."

McKinley said he spent some quality time with the Husky coaching staff, particularly Brent Pease, the WR Coach.

"We broke down film and he showed me how they want to use me," McKinley said. "He said it takes a while to learn the offense but once you do and you're ready to play, there's plenty of playing time available. They have some young receivers but also have a few guys graduating so there's definitely opportunity there. I'm already as big as a lot of their receivers so it's just a matter of learning the system.

"I had a nice talk with Coach Petersen as well and he told me he really wants me to be a part of the program. He said he loves everything about me, not just football wise but how I'm committed in the classroom and how hard I work on my game. He said I could be very successful there and I'm definitely giving them a hard look."

Brayden Lenius was McKinley's player host and Browning was always near by as well.

"They're both really good guys," McKinley said. "They showed me around the campus and the city and I like Seattle a lot. Jake said he watced my film and said we could do some big thing together. It was a really good trip and they answered all my questions. It was very detailed and my mom and I both felt really good about the school and the academic support they offer.

"That was probably the biggest difference for me on this visit versus the other two visits. This was a lot more academic oriented and I didn't realize how strong Washington is ranked in certain areas. I'm still trying to figure out what I want to major in but all the presentations they gave were very detailed and helpful and Washington definitely moved up for me following this trip."

Tennessee is next up for McKinley on (Oct. 10) followed by Notre Dame (Oct. 17) and Oregon (Nov. 7). UCLA was set for October as well but that will now be re-scheduled for early December. The athlete will make his decision in January at the Army AA Bowl. 


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