One of the best Junior College players in the country has committed to a Big 12 school, but it wasn’t the one everyone was expecting. Iowa Western C.C. tackle Anthony McKinney committed to TCU yesterday after months of being projected to Oklahoma. This serves as a massive recruiting win for Gary Patterson, as McKinney will almost certainly start as soon as he gets on campus at TCU, that’s how good he is, and that’s why Oklahoma wanted him so much.
4🌟 OT Anthony McKinney commits to TCU pic.twitter.com/txBURizXvG
— NCAAF Nation (@NCAAFNation247) July 14, 2017
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McKinney is the 13th commitment in TCU’s 2018 recruiting class, and the fourth offensive lineman, along with guard Esteban Avila, center John Lanz, and fellow tackle Kris Dike. With a number of losses on the offensive line after this upcoming season, McKinney should start right away at tackle, with Lucas Niang on the other side. I don’t expect any of the other linemen in this class to start immediately, but that’s not what true freshman are for. JUCO guys, on the other hand, almost always start right away, as we saw with TCU’s leading receiver last year, Taj Williams.
McKinney picked TCU over Oklahoma, Oregon, Louisville, Michigan State, Syracuse, Georgia, Iowa State among others. He visited Oklahoma back on June 2nd, and TCU on June 9th. Oklahoma was the leader in his recruitment for months, but that June 9th visit to Fort Worth completely exceeded his expectations, and sold the talented big man on playing his college football at TCU. The chance to play early, under a coach like Chis Thomsen was too great to pass up, and it wouldn’t be surprising at all if this pairing yielded an NFL draft pick a few years from now.
On the field, McKinney is surprisingly agile for his size, and has an incredibly long reach to pair with his impressive feet. He’s already nearly NFL ready in the passing game, and while he’ll need to work on run protection, he’s about as game ready as a lineman can be coming into a college program. His strength and ability to read the defense only makes him more dangerous. This is a commitment that TCU fans should be very excited about. His ceiling comparison is Jared Veldheer.