High school football: Midwest City's Aaron McKinney gets advice from brother during recruiting process

by Scott Wright Published: July 2, 2014

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.

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by Scott Wright
A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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