McKinley impresses in season opener

It was a disappointing season opener for Corona (Calif.) Centennial over the weekend as they took it on the chin from a very good Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei team but one bright spot for the Huskies was the play of junior wide out Javon McKinley.

Javon McKinley is one of the top underclassmen out West and currently rated the No. 236 player in the 2016 Scout 300. He's a big kid, all of 6-2, 195 pounds, runs well, has good hands and plays with a physical edge to him.

Against the Monarchs, he finished up with six catches for 104 yards and a touchdown. He's a tough matchup and as he continues to refine his game to go along with his physical style, he'll no doubt develop in to a national recruit a year from now.

"I'm happy with where I'm at right now and where my game is," McKinley said. "I feel a lot more comfortable this year than i did a year ago. I'm just a lot more experienced now and know what to expect.

"I still have a lot to work on and need to get better when a defender is playing off me. I prefer it when they try and press because I'm a physical player and I can just throw a guy off me but when they play off, I need to work on my route running and beating a guy down the field. I'm working hard though, I'll get there."

On the recruiting front, McKinley has a pair of early Pac 12 offers.

"Washington and Arizona State offered me over the summer," McKinley said. "I was pretty surprised by it but very humbled as well. I camped with Washington and did well there so I was hopeful they could offer but still never saw it coming. ASU always recruits my school hard so that offer meant a lot as well.

"I camped with USC and UCLA over the summer and those went really well too. I did two USC camps and those were a lot of fun. The UCLA camp was great too and they showed a lot of interest. Probably the schools that recruited me the hardest during the summer were UCLA, Oregon and Washington and I have high interest in everyone right now."

McKinley said he's going to try and get to a game at either ASU or Washington during the season.

"We have a bye after week 5 so it would be great to go out and watch a game and see what the atmosphere is like," McKinley said. "I'll try and go to as many USC and UCLA games as I can too since they're both local. I like the Pac 12 a lot and would love to stay close to home if I could. Like I said though, right now, I'm open to everyone and just trying to stay humble and enjoy the process."

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