UCLA has already received a commitment from one Los Angeles (Calif.) Crenshaw star in offensive lineman Aleksey Lanis. They are also heavily recruiting another Cougar, this one cornerback Gardner Mckay II, 6-0, 160.
One of the fastest players in California, McKay is getting attention from a quartet of Pac-10 schools. And while he hasn't received an offer officially from any of them, they have him high on their boards.
McKay actually grew up a UCLA fan, and still has them as his favorite school.
"I loved the Bruins growing up. That's my team," McKay said. But he did say that he is treating all schools seriously when it comes to his recruitment.
McKay camped at the Beyond 2000 Camp in Thousand Oaks, where he was one of the top defensive backs in attendance. He also visited Berkeley for Cal's camp this summer, working often with the receivers. He had to cut short camps though, for the L.A. Watts Summer Games, and the passing league tournament that was a part of it. It turned out to be a good decision.
"I was named the MVP of the Watts Summer Games. It was pretty cool for me."
McKay is one of California's top sprinters, and anchored Crenshaw to a 4th place finish in the California State Championships in the 4x100 relay.
"We finished behind Skyline, Long Beach Poly and Taft. Skyline has Kenny O'Neal, Poly had Derrick Jones, and we were right there with those guys."
McKay also runs the 100m, 200m and 4x400m, with a 10.8 time, 22.8 time and 48.0 split, his top marks respectively.
Wherever he goes, McKay said you can count on him doing track.
"Oh yes, I'm going to run track. Definitely. I hope wherever I choose allows me to do that because I love it."
On the field, McKay had a strong junior campaign, scoring 7 touchdowns through the air and going over 1,000 yards, while on defense grabbing 5 interceptions.
He is being recruited to UCLA by Coach Eric Bieniemy.
"I really like Coach Bieniemy. I talk with him on the phone, and he comes by Crenshaw and we've talked. He is a good coach," said Bieniemy.
So is Lanis doing his job to recruit McKay?
"Yeah Aleksey committed there and it would be great to play with a teammate in college. I know Brandon Mebane and Daymeon Hughes up at Cal too, though."
If his lifetime favorite offered, would McKay commit?
"I'm not sure. I could finish the season and see what my opportunity is, but I wouldn't mind playing close to home. I want my parents to see me, and they want me to have the best opportunity for an education. I want to major in Computer Science."
McKay has a 3.1 GPA and scored an 830 on his SAT, but isn't satisfied with either of them.
"I know I can do better and get only A's and B's. I got a C and I wasn't happy about it. I'm taking my SAT's again so I can get a higher score. I'm trying to be a good role model to my sister, and be a good big brother and show her how important school is."