Dawgman Signing Day Profile - Brandon McKinney

Orange (Ca.) Lutheran S Brandon McKinney is one of the biggest gets in Washington's 2017 recruiting class...



Comparison: Dashon Goldson (UW)

Prep Career/Awards: First-team All-Orange County from the Orange County Register as well as first-team All-Trinity League as a senior ... credited with 71 tackles and three interceptions as a senior, when the team earned a berth in the CIF Southern Section Division I playoffs ... also caught 29 passes for 299 yards as a senior ... deflected a two-point conversion pass attempt to seal a win over JSerra and also had two interception returns for a touchdown in a win over Servite in 2016 ... as a junior in 2015, made 114 total tackles and also 464 yards on 50 carries (9.3-yard average) with 25 receptions for 388 yards ... earned All-Orange County and first-team All-Trinity League as a junior Lancers made the quarterfinal round of Southern Section Pac 5 Division playoffs in 2015 ... 66 tackles as a sophomore in 2014 ... PrepStar All-West Region ... named to the Tacoma News-Tribune's Western 100 ... rated the No. 225 overall prospect and No. 22 safety in the nation by scout.com ... ranked as the No. 28 corner and No. 253 overall recruit by 247sports.com ... rivals.com's and ESPN's No. 25-ranked safety ... ESPN's No. 52 corner ... played in the Polynesian Bowl following his senior year ... played for coach Chuck Petersen.

Offers: In addition to his offer from the Huskies, McKinney had offers from schools like UCLA, USC, Boston College, Utah, Cal and Arizona State.

Why Washington: "It felt like home from the first time I got there and the coaches felt like family so it felt good to be around them."

If he had chosen a different school: "It probably would have been either USC or Cal".

Analysis: "McKinney has an athletic frame, is a very solid tackler, runs well and plays with a nice edge to him. For a young player, he plays with surprising confidence and isn't afraid to step up and meet a ball carrier head on. He closes very well on the ball and has the range to play sideline to sideline. He made a huge jump in his game this past season and is one of those players that is always around the football. He was a playmaker on offense as well but his upside is highest on defense and he's easily among the elite safety recruits in the region." -- Greg Biggins

High School Coach Says: "His best quality, as a player, is his versatility. He could play receiver, slot, safety, he could do whatever we asked him to do. Brandon can play as an in-the-box safety or a deep third guy because he's got great athleticism and ball skills. He wasn't a real vocal leader, but he did a lot of the behind-the-scenes stuff, just making sure guys were doing what they were supposed to be doing. He did everything the right way and he led by example." -- Chuck Petersen (Orange Lutheran HC)

Position Projection: McKinney's game is a perfect fit at safety and with his ball skills, he could be a great center-fielder for the Dawgs, but he loves to come up and support the run. We feel like McKinney will likely find his playing time initially at strong safety, but he could easily wind up moving to free safety where he can use his outstanding athleticism and sideline-to-sideline speed to make plays in the deep third.

2017 Season Projection: Washington lost one of the top safeties in the country when Budda Baker decided to leave early and enter the NFL Draft, so there's definitely a spot open in the secondary, but the Huskies also have some candidates to fill that spot including Pac 12 Defensive Freshman of the Year Taylor Rapp and Ezekiel Turner who came on strong toward the end of the season. We won't be surprised if McKinney winds up redshirting, but think he'll probably work his way into the rotation at some point and he'll be a top performer on special teams as well.

Brandon McKinney 2016 Senior Highlights

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