Waiting Game

Like many Florida players, this highly recruited wide receiver is putting recruiting on the back burner until after his senior season is completed.

Tarus McKinley, who lists Miami, LSU, South Carolina, Wake Forest, Louisville, Ohio State and West Virginia among his schools of interest (all have offered), is concentrating on his senior season. The standout wide receiver from Glades Central High School in Belle Glade, Fla., who is a Scout.com four-star prospect, said that while he is beginning to set up visits, his high school season has his attention right now.

"My coach is helping me set up visits, and we're getting one set up with South Carolina now," he said. "But it will probably be after the season before I get them all set up and take them."

McKinley is playing wide receiver on offense and safety on defense for Glades Central, and is enjoying his senior season to date.

"I had a score in our last game, but I don't have any of my stats so far," the six-foot, 190-pound playmaker said. "We are 2-1 right now."

Although McKinley isn't moving quickly in terms of narrowing down schools or setting visits, that doesn't mean he isn't working on the recruiting process. He has been thinking about the qualities he's looking for in a school, and the items that will help him narrow down his choices.

"I'm looking for a place with tradition, and somewhere that has a good environment, where I can feel at home," said McKinley, who had 17 catches for a whopping 472 yards and six touchdowns as a junior. "I want to go somewhere that will make me a part of their family."

One factor that apparently won't come in to play is distance from his Florida home. With schools from across the East on his list of interest at the moment, McKinley said he doesn't have a problem leaving the state or going away to college.

Belle Glades features a number of Division I prospects, including Deonte Thompson, Ernest McCoy, Bryan Mann, Jatavious Jackson, Maurice Bynes and Damien Berry (Miami commitment). West Virginia, which is recruiting all of those players, could thus take advantage of something McKinley and his teammates have discussed on occasion.

"We do talk about recruiting some," McKinley admitted. "There are some of us that are trying to go to the same school, and we would like to be able to do that. But if it doesn't work out, then we will all have to deal with it on our own."

McKinley is also a standout track performer, and rounds out his athletic endeavors on the basketball court for Glades Central as well.

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