Notre Dame and Pac 12 trio all battling for Scout 100 WR Javon McKinley

Dec. 8 -- Despite playing through a nagging ankle injury, Corona (Calif.) Centennial wide out Javon McKinley still made several big plays to help the Huskies win their second straight Pac 5 Championship...

Husky wide out Javon McKinley always steps up his game in the playoffs and this past weekend was no excpetion. 

McKinley, playing on an ankle injury that caused him to sit out the 4th quarter in the Huskies win over Mater Dei a week ago, hauled in seven passes for 132 yards, had 72 yards in kick returns and also threw a 65 yard touchdown.

He's such a tough matchup because of his size and strength and even though he lacked his normal burst and ability to change direction, was still able to create some separation against a very good Bosco secondary. McKinley has strong hands, runs better after the catch then given credit for and is a very physical kid and tough to bring down in the open field.

McKinley has visited Notre Dame, Oregon, Tennessee and Washington and will check out UCLA this coming weekend. Despite a solid visit to Knoxville, this one does sound like a four team race at the moment between the Irish and the three Pac 12 schools.

"Honestly , no one has really separated themsevles, everyone is even among all those schools," McKinley said. "It's a Business decision for me right now and I'm looking at everything. All the visits have been great and I like all the coaches. I'm looking at how I fit in with the offense and I think I fit in well at each of them, even though they're all different and unique.

"Oregon runs a similar offense to what we do here, UCLA is kind of spread with some NFL concepts and Notre Dame and Washington are more pro-style. All the coaches have been good with me. Notre Dame and Washington are probably on me hardest but that's just their recruting style.

I don't think that necessarily means they want me more, just their approach. I really wish one team would separate from the pack, it would make my decision a lot easier but right now, I have no clue what I'm going to do."

Mike Denbrock at Notre Dame will be in for a home visit on Tuesday and Duck head coach Mark Helfrich will visit McKinley at Centennial ealrier in the day. Chris Petersen and Keith Bhonapha will be in the home on Thursday and he'll leave Friday for his visit to UCLA. The receiver will then have a few weeks to evalaute his schools as he'll be making his decision January 9 at the Army AA Bowl. 


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