High school football: Spiro athlete McKinley Whitfield gaining interest from college programs

The versatile star comes in at No. 9 on The Oklahoman’s Super 30 recruiting rankings for the Class of 2015.
by Trent Shadid Published: July 18, 2014
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SPIRO — If you’re talented enough on the football field, the college recruiters will find you.

Even in Spiro.

McKinley Whitfield is that type of talent. He’s the reason several college programs are becoming familiar with the Class 3A school in far eastern Oklahoma.

The versatile star comes in at No. 9 on The Oklahoman’s Super 30 recruiting rankings for the Class of 2015.

“We’re not around the Tulsa or Oklahoma City area, which is where it’s easier to get noticed,” said Spiro coach Chris Bunch. “We’re in a small town, and most people just don’t come down our way as much. I think that has a lot to do with him being overlooked a little bit. I really think he can play on a Big 12 or SEC level.”

Whitfield, listed as an athlete, has mainly been recruited as a defensive back. He checks in at 6-foot-4, 195 pounds and runs a 4.56 in the 40-yard-dash with a 34-inch vertical leap. While his combination of size and athleticism is impressive, it doesn’t currently fit the typical mold of any defensive position at the Division-I level.

His 210-pound bench-press max suggests Whitfield has the potential to add bulk to his frame, which could ultimately make him an ideal fit at linebacker or a hybrid position. If a school decides to play him on offense, receiver remains the obvious choice.

“I think I’ll end up playing at safety or as a receiver,” Whitfield said. “That’s what I would prefer right now, but people have talked to me some about linebacker. I will play anywhere if I have to.”

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by Trent Shadid
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Trent Shadid is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma. He was born and raised in Weatherford, Okla., and attended Weatherford High School. Before joining The Oklahoman, he spent two seasons as an assistant wrestling coach at Weatherford High...
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