DT McKinley, No. 30 total hire, chooses A&M
Blake Baumgartner, ESPN Staff WriterSep 1, 2023, 05:34 PM ET
A day prior to his team begins its 2023 football season against New Mexico, coach Jimbo Fisher and Texas A&M protected a key triumph off the field Friday, thanks to four-star defensive take on Dominick McKinley’s commitment.McKinley (No. 30 total in the 2024 ESPN 300), an item of Acadiana High School(Louisiana), offers the Aggies a 2nd top-30 possibility in their 2024 class to go along with luxury pass receiver Cameron Coleman(No. 8 overall in 2024), who promised on July 4. “I like how Coach E is great at doing what he does
,” McKinley told ESPN about Aggies co-defensive planner and defensive line coach Elijah Robinson.”He acts like a family around his players. “McKinley also thought about Oklahoma, LSU, Ohio State
and Texas.Texas A&M’s class increased somewhat from 14th to 12th in ESPN’s newest group rankings, and it has nine ESPN 300 commits.The third-best defensive take on in the cycle and the top-ranked player in the state of Louisiana, the 6-foot-5, 290-pound McKinley tape-recorded 86 tackles, 18 tackles for loss and 10 sacks as a junior in 2022. Under co-defensive coordinators DJ Durkin and Robinson, the Aggies’ pass defense led all of FBS (156.2 lawns per game)
last season.Last season, the Aggies got to the quarterback just 20 times– which ranked 11th in the SEC– so getting pressure on opposing quarterbacks will be vital as they look to improve on a 5-7 record. The four players– Fadil Diggs, Chris Russell Jr., McKinnley Jackson and Martrell Harris Jr.– who taped several sacks all return for the 2023 season.And that’s what has actually McKinley thrilled as he looks forward to life in College Station.” [Texas A&M is] where I’m most comfortable and [with]
how the training is and how it’s done, “he said.”I think I’ll suit perfectly.