MIDWEST CITY — Enveloped in the mystery of the college football recruiting process, Midwest City’s Aaron McKinney finds himself falling back on the experience of his older brother, Devante, who went through the same process four years ago.
Devante McKinney was recruited by a variety of schools as a defensive end out of Douglass as a senior in 2011, ultimately landing at Prairie View A&M. A shoulder injury ended his career after two seasons, but he’s been able to provide some insight into recruiting for Aaron, who is No. 25 on The Oklahoman’s Super 30 prospect rankings for the 2015 class.
“Devante has taught me how to talk to coaches and how to present myself to them, to help me get offers,” Aaron said. “Recruiting can be stressful, and it’s been nice having him and all my family supporting me, knowing they’re there to make that long stride with you to get to the next level.”
Of course, Devante had one advantage over the 6-foot-4, 190-pound Aaron. Devante knew he would be a defensive end at the next level.
For Aaron, there is no certainty as to where he’ll play college football. But his size, speed and long frame are enough to draw in recruiters.
So far, Aaron has offers from South Dakota, Emporia (Kan.) State and Northeastern State in Tahlequah.
But the list of interested schools span from Oklahoma and Oklahoma State to the Southeastern Conference, where Kentucky leads the pursuit.
Yet the question remains unanswered as to where he’ll play in college. Last season, McKinney spent time at quarterback, receiver and safety.
He has shown the skills to be a talented strong safety, but his college future could be at outside linebacker.
“Aaron has a frame that will allow him to play several different positions at the next level,” Midwest City coach Darrell Hall said. “He is fast, which also helps his odds.”
McKinney was clocked at 4.51 seconds in the 40-yard dash in a camp at Kansas State. His 6-foot-9 wingspan makes him dangerous against the passing game, whether it’s in coverage or filling passing lanes at the line of scrimmage. And he has the physical nature to defend the run.
“His high grade-point average and ACT score don’t hurt college coaches’ feelings, either,” defensive coordinator Jason Sexton said. “He’s a very unique prospect because of his frame and skill set.”