Will McKay Join His Teammates?

With three of his high school teammates from Los Angeles (Calif.) Crenshaw already committed to UCLA, speedy defensive back <b>Gardner McKay</b>, a lifelong UCLA fan, you would think might be next to jump in the boat...

UCLA has already received a trio of commitments from Los Angeles (Calif.) Crenshaw in offensive lineman Aleksey Lanis, linebacker Reggie Carter and defensive end Chinonso Anyanwu. And there is a possibility that they could make it four, this one from 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.

"I'm still mainly hearing from UCLA, California, USC and Oregon State," said McKay. "Those are my four favorites. I'm also hearing from Idaho, Fresno State and San Diego State, but those are my top four."

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. He said he plans on running track in college.

This year on the gridiron, McKay has five touchdowns as a wide receiver and returner. In their win over Fremont last weekend, McKay had a 97-yard kickoff return for a touchdown on the opening play. He then had a 45-yard punt return for a score, which was negated by a penalty.

McKay grew up a UCLA fan, so UCLA has been atop his list. But he said that Oregon State has offered him a scholarship, his first, and the Beavers are close to the top themselves.

He admits, though, that the thought of joining his high school mates at UCLA is something that appeals to him. He said, "I'll definitely think about that. It would be real cool. But I can't let it have a real big impact on my decision. I am treating all schools the same. My four favorites are in no order, they are all even right now."

While three of his teammates have committed, McKay said first he needs an offer from UCLA, and then would need time before making his decision. "I want to take my time and take my trips before I make my decision. I've been to some games at UCLA and USC, and was supposed to take a trip to Oregon State when they played Cal, but it's during the season, so I'll take my trips when the season is done. Then I can make a decision."

McKay has a 3.1 GPA. His SAT score has possibly been the reason why UCLA and other schools haven't offered McKay a scholarship. He claims he scored a 830, but he retook the SAT earlier this month.


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