Leander defensive back Dion McKinney knows his predicament.
The 5-foot-9, 160-pound McKinney is switching from cornerback to safety this season to help his team despite being recruited as a cornerback.
That is not, however, deterring him as the recruiting process continues to heat up. “I’m just trying to go to camps,” he said. “Trying to raise my stock up.”
McKinney, who told PonyStampede.com that he has no offers Sunday, has already attended a camp at UTEP and was going to attend the one day camp at Southern Methodist University June 15 but had no way of getting there.
Not even the camps give the defensive back a chance to show his full range of talents. “I like to come up and hit,” he said. “One of my strengths is coming up on the run which you can’t really show in camps.”
McKinney has, however, been able to show off his 4.5 speed which helped him record nearly 50 tackles last season from his cornerback position.
His speed and instincts will be on an even greater display this season when he makes the move to safety, a move that McKinney, ironically is looking forward to. That is because he played the position exclusively until the last two years when he played cornerback.
The defensive back plans to wait until the end of the season to make a decision on which school he wants to attend. “We were trying to make it before but it doesn’t look like it’s going to work out that way,” he said with a laugh.
McKinney said SMU is his top school along with Texas State, UTEP and Houston. He said he has exchanged letters and emails with the coaches of each school which helps in the process.
“I’m looking for school environment,” he said. “A good relationship with the coaches.”
It will not be long before coaches are looking for him if he can duplicate his honorable mention all 14-5A season from last year.