When looking for a school, recruits go through a checklist. It’s different for every player, but it always starts with the general before moving to the more specific.
Four-star Corona (Calif.) Centennial wide receiver Javon McKinley is already on to the specific in his research of USC. He’s been to USC on multiple occasions and taken care of all the general overview.
After visiting USC during the Trojans’ Elite Junior Invite, McKinley didn’t just talk about the facilities. He spoke of the weight room and the “underground field” in the McKay Center.
And it wasn’t the academics that really piqued the interest of the 6-foot-2, 180-pounder. Instead, he had some more in-depth thoughts.
“One thing I did get out of it was the schedule for the tutoring session — about how they incorporate that with football in a manageable amount of time and then getting some free time with that.”
McKinley said he also didn’t talk much about necessarily what his role would be or what the USC coaches liked about him. The conversation between the staff and the Centennial star centered on his offseason training schedule and how the recruiting process has been going. Coincidentally, McKinley said he works out at the STARS Performance Training facility where the son of USC wide receivers coach Tee Martin also trains.
“I’ll probably consider USC,” McKinley said. “I think I will see them down the line, but then again, I’m still looking at all the schools that have offered me and also some that haven’t. Just waiting out the recruiting process right now.”
Waiting out the recruiting process for McKinley means he is focusing on the schools rather than the coaches, like many recruits do. Rather than trying to build tight-knit relationships with coaches that could potentially take other jobs and be gone before he arrives on campus, he’s looking at the academics, the location and the stability of the coaching staffs.
“Relationship with the coaches is something you don’t want to develop so much because what if you go to that school and the coaches leave,” McKinley said. “It’s just like, what are you going to do? Maybe the new coach puts in a new offense or they see this guy as being better and don’t use you as much.”
USC is not the only school that McKinley wants to take a look at. He said he’s trying to go to Arizona and Oregon and had originally had planned to attend Arizona State’s Junior Day before a scheduling conflict interrupted. He’s also trying to figure out his potential official visits and is hoping to receive offers from Alabama and LSU to go along with the collection he already has.
But when all is said it done, it may end up coming back to USC.
“Just growing up in SoCal, I mean USC was just the college you always grew up knowing and that’s just been the favorite since then.”
Check out these Javon McKinley highlights from his dominant performance in the CIF Open Division Championship game: