IU Has Foot in the Door with McKinnon

Cameron McKinnon

Cameron McKinnon might have been slowed a year ago by a foot injury, but that hasn't kept a slew of programs from recruiting the Jacksonville wideout. Indiana became the second school to offer last week, and the 5-10 1/2, 170-pounder talks about IU and his other favorites...

Bloomington, Ind. – Last season's foot injury hasn't slowed the recruiting interest in Jacksonville (Fla.) Forrest H.S. standout Cameron McKinnon.

The 5-10 ½, 170-pound wide receiver missed half of his junior season with the injury, but returned in the second half of the campaign to catch 12 passes for 411 yards and five touchdowns. He showed enough speed and big-play ability to turn the heads of a slew of college programs, including Indiana.

That's why the Hoosiers became the second school to officially offer a scholarship last Thursday, joining Auburn on McKinnon's offer list.

"Their head coach called my coach and told him I was going to be receiving a scholarship offer, so to be looking for it," McKinnon said. "It hadn't been that serious with Indiana, but my coach sent them a highlight tape last month and then they started talking about a scholarship offer."

That offer materialized last week, and now Indiana has joined a handful of big-name programs on McKinnon's radar. In addition to IU and Auburn, McKinnon said he's also looking seriously at Miami (Fla.), Florida, Georgia and LSU.

That's a bunch of top-10 caliber programs that Indiana is battling, but McKinnon said the Hoosiers are definitely in the running.

"Right now, I'm really considering Indiana seriously," McKinnon said.

Like the rest of the programs on McKinnon's list, Indiana likes the Florida prep's big-play ability. He averaged nearly 35 yards/reception a year ago and scored on nearly half of his receptions, including one 98-yard touchdown. He's a player with track-caliber speed, having run a :10.8 in the 100-meters and :22.0 in the 200-meters this spring.

"I'm not a real big receiver, but in order to tackle me you have to catch me," McKinnon said.

Indiana is hoping to do just that when it comes to recruiting. From his conversations with the IU coaching staff, McKinnon said he understands there's a need to add some wide receivers in this class.

"They said they were lacking some receivers," McKinnon said. "He said they had to move one of their best receivers, (Nick) Polk, to safety because they didn't have many DBs, and they needed some receivers."

In addition to the opportunity to play early Indiana also offers McKinnon something else he's looking at very seriously – academics.

"The biggest thing is I want to go to a college that has my major – I want to major in business," McKinnon said. "That's the biggest thing to me."

Watch McKinnon's highlight clip:

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