Stepping Stones: Kortney McDow

Abilene High got off to an uncharacteristic 0-4 start in 2006, but with the help of standout WR Kortney McDow the Eagles won eight of their next nine games to finish with an 8-5 record.

Hopes are high in the Big Country as AHS led by the 5'9 175 pound WR with 4.5 speed could be a major player on the statewide level in 2007.

McDow who boasts a 33 inch vertical leap and a 355 pound squat max was first team all 3-5A as a junior and as a sophomore he was honorable mention all-district. Kortney besides being a star on the gridiron for Abilene High is also the point guard for the Abilene basketball team and he runs track for the Eagles.

"I think my quickness off the line and my hands are my biggest strengths, I'm also a good blocker for my size," replied McDow when asked about his strengths.

TCU, SMU, North Texas, Texas Tech and LSU have all shown interest in the wide receiver prospect from West Texas, but McDow says right now he has no favorites.

Last summer Kortney played a key role on Abilene's 7 on 7 team which did advance to the State Tournament at Texas A&M. This summer look for McDow in camps at Houston and Texas Tech and again making an attempt to lead the Eagles to a state title in 7 on 7.

"Academics, campus location and if the school is a good fit will be what I look at when making my decision," said McDow. Don't look for a final decision from Kortney likely until after the 2007 season as Kortney's focus is leading Abilene on an another deep playoff run.

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