January 21, 2014

McKinney views Dixon as a mentor

Every time Prentice McKinney turned on a Baylor game or attended one this past fall, he locked in on one player.

"I just kept watching Ahmad Dixon and how he played in the secondary,'' McKinney said. "Then I got to talk to him after the Oklahoma game about what it was like to play in college. It meant a lot to me that he took some time. He didn't have to but he was trying to help me out.''

Good idea for one safety studying another at the next level. The Dallas South Oak Cliff 2015 standout (6-2, 180) will be at Baylor on Jan. 26 for the Bears' first junior day along with fellow SOC secondary teammate Jamile Johnson. McKinney, a 3-star recruit, has an opportunity to take a further look at the inner workings of a football program that won the 2013 Big 12 championship and played in a school-record four consecutive bowl games.

Even though he made it to Floyd Casey Stadium for the Nov. 7 game against the Sooners, McKinney has yet to see the campus.
However, he is starting to erupt as a recruit. He's already holding offers from Arkansas and Nebraska. SMU and Colorado State have offered as well. He's hoping Baylor will follow with its own soon. He visited with Baylor linebackers coach Jim Gush last week.

"Getting a Baylor offer would mean a lot because it's such a good academic school,'' McKinney said. "I really want to get a feel for what Baylor can show me. I know when I was there for the football game, I met some really good people there.''

McKinney's length is something that Division I programs want in their secondary. McKinney offers that. Plus, he considers himself a pretty good run stopper and has the 4.5 speed to match. As he said, he has a good mentor to watch in Dixon.

Versatility is another asset as he played some wide receiver for the Golden Bears. Regardless of where he lands, that school will have a solid athlete. McKinney plays for the SOC basketball team and runs the 200 and long jump in track. McKinney is the constant competitor.

"I think I can offer a lot,'' McKinney said. "I always want to work hard to be the best that I can.''

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