"I fell in love with Washington when I visited there last year (for the Utah game) and it's been on my mind ever since," McKinney told Dawgman.com. "I love the coaches and the city of Seattle and the program all the way around. It really was a pretty easy decision for me."
While McKinney nine offers to his name, it really came down to just two schools when it was time to decide.
"It was down to Washington and USC. Those were my top two," McKinney said. "Washington was just the right fit all the way around for me.
"The opportunity for playing time is definitely something I took into consideration, but even if I have to redshirt or be a backup, the fact that I could play for Washington and for coach (Jimmy) Lake with all of his NFL experience and how hard his guys play for him and how he's developed all of those NFL guys, it was just exciting for me to get the opportunity to go there and be part of what they are building."
When he was ready to commit, McKinney was getting ready to inform the coaches when they stopped him.
"Before I could even get the words 'I want to commit' out of my mouth, coach Pete (Chris Petersen) was like 'okay, you understand when you commit to us, that means you're done taking visits' and I was like 'absolutely coach, I want to be a Dawg'," McKinney recalled. "They were all excited and jumping around. It was really exciting."
McKinney said the coaches broached the subject of when they want him to take his official visit as well as when he'd like to enroll at Washington.
"They definitely want me after the season for an official visit," McKinney said. "They like to spend more time with guys and on game weekends, they are worried about the game and all of that stuff, so they just want me to come up after the season so they can spend more time with me.
"As far as graduating early, that's something I need to check on. The coaches asked me if I was thinking about it and it's something I'd love to do, but I'd need to sit down with my family and my counselors to see if I can do it. Either way, the coaches are fine with it, but it's something I'm definitely considering. I'll just need to see if I even have the option or not."
As a junior last season, McKinney finished with 114 tackles and an interception while helping lead the Lancers to a 6-6 record.