November 15, 2011

Quincy McKinney hoping to learn about Pack

Fork Union (Va.) Military Academy offensive lineman Quincy McKinney has been in contact with NC State ever since he de-committed from South Carolina in October.

The 6-foot-3, 315-pounder is eager to learn more about NC State, who he admitted he doesn't know much about, on his visit to Raleigh during the weekend of Nov. 18. The three-star prospect is projected to play guard in college and is ranked as the No. 9 prep player in the land by He has never visited the Pack's campus before.

"NC State offered me a couple of days after I de-committed," he said. "I'm very excited to get to know more about them - I know they are in the ACC. I'm taking a visit for the Clemson game so I can learn more about them and get to know Coach Bridge some more. I'm really dealing with Coach [Keith] Willis [in recruiting] but I've got to get to know Coach Bridge more since he's the offensive line coach.

"I know they're in the middle of the pack in the ACC. I want to come in and help them. I like their colors, red and white is pretty nice. That's all I know so far, but I'm willing to learn more."

Coming out of Columbus (Ga.) Carver High, McKinney was listed as the No. 61 offensive tackle in the land and the No. 62 overall player in Georgia's class of 2011. He committed to the Gamecocks last fall, but did not list them when he talked about what programs he is looking at.

The big man listed Mississippi State, Rutgers, Middle Tennessee State and Marshall as the programs that he is talking to and all have offered, although he declined to name a favorite. McKinney, who lines up at right tackle for Fork Union, doesn't know when he'll make a decision, but will have to make moves fairly quickly because he intends to finish at the prep school in December and enroll at his future destination in January.

McKinney said that he also plans to visit Rutgers on Dec. 2 and he is trying to schedule an official visit for Mississippi State.

"I'm just looking for a place to feel comfortable because I've been to a couple of other schools and the players weren't as friendly as they should have been towards me as a recruit trying to come to their school," he said. "They weren't trying to be friendly with me and I was trying to come to their school, it didn't make sense. And I want a head coach that is personable. I like personable coaches that I can have an easy conversation with, so that's what else I will be looking for."

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