Commitment Impact - Brandon McKinney

Washington added its sixth four-star commit of the 2017 recruiting cycle on Saturday when Orange (Ca.) Lutheran DB Brandon McKinney made his pledge to the Husky coaches. How does he impact both the upcoming class and the roster once he arrives next summer? Read on to see what we think...

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What To Like: You don't put up 114 tackles in the Trinity League, one of the toughest prep league's in the nation, without having a nose for the ball and when you watch his film, you see a player who has the ability to track things down sideline-to-sideline and is always around the ball. McKinney has a solid frame -- 6'1", 195 -- and he shows the ability to play in the box and be a real force against the run. McKinney has been lauded for his leadership by scouts and coaches and he's a young man who has the ability to make something happen when he gets the ball in his hands.

What Needs Work: Since he had just one interception, McKinney could definitely work on his ball skills. He won't be asked to match up in man coverage much, but if or when he does, he'll need to be better at tracking the ball and either going up and making the interception or knocking the ball away. McKinney doesn't have elite speed, but he plays faster than his forty yard dash would indicate. 

Where He Fits: The safety position at Washington could look much different next year if a player like Budda Baker decides to leave early. That's a discussion for another time, but McKinney definitely has the ability to come in and, at the very least, challenge for playing time. Returning in 2017, assuming Baker leaves, would be seniors Ezekiel Turner and Trevor Walker, juniors Jojo McIntosh and Mason Stone and Taylor Rapp, a freshman, who may or may not redshirt this season. McIntosh will likely be the starting free safety the next two years while both Turner and Walker would battle it out for the starting strong safety spot. McKinney would have the chance to challenge for playing time at either spot, but he seems like a better fit closer to the line of scrimmage.

How He Impacts The 2017 Class: First off, the commitment of McKinney continues Washington's momentum as they work toward the start of fall camp. With six four-star prospects in he boat, Washington has more than they have ever had at this point. As far as personnel and where Washington goes from here, the Huskies currently have one corner (Keith Taylor) and one safety (McKinney) on board and they will be looking to add at least one more defensive back in this class. Will it be a safety or a corner? The expectation is it could wind up being a prospect like Isaiah Pola-Mao, but Pola-Mao has the frame to easily grow into a linebacker, so it'll be interesting to see if they would continue recruiting players like K.J. Jarrell and Chaz Ah You who are more conventional safety prospects. At the very least, the Huskies will take one more prospect for the secondary, but they may figure out a way to squeeze in two more if the right prospects come along. However, with 11 commits and just 17 scholarships available, spots are being claimed rather quickly.

The Bottom Line: We've already said it a couple of times, but it's worth reiterating, McKinney is one of the top safeties out west and he's the number one safety in California who had offers from CaliforniaUCLA and USC among others. Getting him is huge in the grand scheme of things. His commitment also continues Washington's momentum as they get closer to fall camp. He also gives defensive backs coach Jimmy Lake yet another talented cog to plug into the depth chart in the secondary. 


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