Otis Kirk: Opportunity for Two-Sport Action Impressing Potential Commits For Arkansas

by Otis Kirk, Hawgs247.com  on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012 10:05 am  

This story is from the archives of ArkansasSports360.com.

Arkansas could very well still add a wide receiver to the Class of 2012, but it may not be the one many thought it might be.

Arkansas is one of four finalists for Paradise Valley (Ariz.) Chaparral 4-star wide receiver Davonte Neal (5-foot-9, 170 pounds). Neal has made his decision, but won't announce it until Feb. 21. Though Neal has narrowed his decision down to Arkansas, Arizona, Notre Dame and North Carolina, it doesn't appear the Razorbacks have much of a chance landing him.

Arkansas has now set up an official visit with Louisville (Ky.) Moore Traditional School 3-star Mekale McKay (6-6, 190). McKay is given an 89 score by 247Sports, which makes him the highest rated 3-star possible, just one point shy of being a 4-star. McKay is rated the No. 2 recruit in Kentucky and also is one of the state's top basketball prospects.

“I'm visiting next weekend (Feb. 25-27),” McKay said. “I was committed to UTEP, but I de-committed the day before signing day. I was committed there to play both basketball and football, but I didn't feel they were right for me.”

Now, McKay will end up in the SEC. Last weekend, he visited Ole Miss and is now down to the Razorbacks and Ole Miss.

“I'm now receiving heavy recruiting attention from Coach (Paul) Petrino and Ole Miss,” McKay said.

McKay said though he lives in Louisville now, he lived in Houston when Petrino was at Louisville with his brother Bobby, who is the head coach at Arkansas. McKay is very aware of Arkansas' wide-open offense.

“I moved to Louisville when I was a freshman,” McKay said. “It's a great offense. Any offense that gets the wide receiver involved is a great offense.”

McKay had several schools recruiting him such as West Virginia, Michigan State and others, but has decided to choose one of the two SEC schools.

“I'm looking for a school where I can maximize my talent,” McKay said. “I also wanted to go where I could play both sports. Arkansas and Ole Miss have both told me I can do that. I have talked to Coach Petrino (both Bobby and Paul) and Coach (Mike) Anderson at Arkansas.”

Sophomore quarterback Brandon Mitchell is currently playing for Arkansas' basketball team and McKay took notice.

“Brandon Mitchell playing basketball is one of the main attractions at Arkansas,” McKay said. “Coach (Paul) Petrino said it was a great thing for me to play both sports.”



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