SEC target backing up early scholarship offer with success on the field
Verone McKinley III’s recruitment has slowed just a bit. That’s understandable. He’s had weekend plans.
The sophomore cornerback from Prestonwood Christian Academy (Plano, Texas) has been filling up box scores en route to leading his team to the second round of the playoffs. His play this season has proven his scholarship offer from LSU in May was well deserved.
“I was pretty in awe since that was my first offer,” McKinley said. “I was pretty shocked. It was a good achievement and another reason for me to keep working.”
The 5-foot-9, 165-pound prospect is known by college recruiters as a cornerback, but he’s done more. He has returned punts and even been a gunner on punt coverage.
“I love playing special teams,” said McKinley, who has 50 tackles, 12 passes broken up, five interceptions, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and one touchdown.
McKinley isn’t ready to name a leader, but LSU seems to have made an impression.
“I just like the environment,” McKinley said of his visits to Baton Rouge, La. “I like the crazy fans and the way they play.”
McKinley said he’s primarily considering LSU, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas and Tennessee. Of those schools, only the Longhorns and Volunteers have yet to offer McKinley a scholarship.
Tennessee has kept in contact with McKinley in hopes that he’ll further consider the Vols. LSU, however, has a strong, recent history of producing defensive backs that are well equipped for the NFL. That has McKinley’s attention.
“Definitely something I look at,” McKinley said, “just in any school, what they do with DBs after they get out of college.”
When asked what else he’s looking for in a school, McKinley said, “Just a place that feels like home to me. A place where I can come back and be proud that that’s my alma mater.”