"Virginia Tech started recruiting me early, and I developed a great relationship with my recruiting coach, coach Wiles, who coaches the defensive line. I was very excited when they offered me at the beginning of February and talked it over with my family for a few weeks. My uncle, who I really look up to, and I agreed that it was the perfect place for me," said McKinnon.
McKinnon played huge role for the tigers during his junior season. He led the team in tackles with 144, had five sacks, two interceptions, and two fumble recoveries. He needs just 30 tackles to become the school's all-time leader in that department.
"He is very fast, very strong, and his motor runs never stops running. He plays both the run and the pass very well. He played both safety spots and outside linebacker for us last year, but this season he will play exclusively outside linebacker on defense. That is where he will play at Virginia Tech. He will probably also see some time at tailback this season," said head coach Randy Ledford.
The 3-star prospect has been busy this summer. He works out five days a week, has a part-time landscaping job, and even attended a leadership camp.
"He has a great work ethic, is a leader on and off the field, and is a great teammate," Ledford said.
A starter since his sophomore year, McKinnon also fielded interest from North Carolina, N.C. State, Tennessee, Wake Forest, and East Carolina. In the end, it was Hokie's winning tradition and veteran coaching staff that was the difference.
"Virginia Tech is one of the top programs in the nation, and after talking to Coach Beamer and Coach Foster, I knew I couldn't pass up the opportunity to play for them." Since I committed, I have stopped sending tape out, opening mail, and answering phone calls from other schools," McKinnon said.
He plans to visit Blacksburg this weekend and while he is there, he hopes to schedule his official visit. It will be the only official visit he will take before he signs with Hokies on National Signing Day.
McKinnon currently bench presses 350 pounds, squats 440, and was recently timed at 4.41 in the forty yard dash. Virginia Tech is recruiting him to play the WHIP linebacker position, which requires a player to be very versatile. McKinnon is a perfect fit for the position. He is great against the run and equally impressive against the pass. He has tremendous speed, great instincts, and flies around on defense. While he must add weight, McKinnon has the potential to be a big time player for the Hokies in the future. A strong student, he has a 3.3 GPA and is already fully qualified academically.
Scott Kennedy contributed to this report