July 11, 2009

CMU is early leader for talented runner LaSteven McKinney

Fresh off the summer camp circuit, three star running back LaSteven McKinney now has time to focus on his recruitment and look over his offers. Currently he has offers from Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Toledo and Eastern Illinois and he is hearing from a bunch of other schools.

McKinney is ranked the No.15 all-purpose back in the nation after amassing 1200 yards on 152 carries as a junior at Broadview (IL) Nazareth Academy. He also tallied 23 touchdowns, 200 receiving yards and over 500 return yards. With all-purpose stats like those, it's easy to see why schools are looking at him for a multitude of positions on the football field. McKinney would prefer to play running back at the next level however, and he sees himself as a complete back despite only being 5-foot-9 and 166 pounds.

"I'm a shifty runner, but I can put my shoulder down if I need to. I have a small stature and people think I can't, but it's definitely something I can. Just about everyone I face is bigger then I am, so the size issue is something I'm used to. Really I see myself as a balanced runner, I can do a lot of things" added McKinney.

McKinney attended CMU's one day camp earlier this summer and plans on making a return visit soon.

"In August I'm going to try and get back up there with my mother. My mother hasn't seen CMU yet" McKinney said.

After that visit McKinney had a clear cut leader for his services.

"CMU has really impressed me, they made me feel very comfortable and like family," said McKinney. "I love coach (Butch) Jones and coach (Mike) Bajakian, they just do things that no other coaches have done. Every week I get a handwritten letter from CMU, and that's something no other staff has done. CMU is really doing everything right so far".

"Right now, I'd say CMU is at the top of my list, like I said, they are doing everything right" commented McKinney.

Aiding in the recruitment of McKinney is his main recruiter, CMU offensive coordinator Mike Bajakian.

"He's a real good guy, we talk every week. We stay in touch a lot and we talk about football and other stuff, like what's going on in the sports world and stuff" said McKinney.

With CMU leading, might McKinney pull the trigger and commit to the Chippewas soon?

"I'm looking to commit either the first or second week of my season. I'll definitely make a decision before the season is over".

With his college decision looming, McKinney also has set some lofty goals as he heads into his senior season.

"I want to go out with a bang," said McKinney. "I want to rush for about 2000 yards and break the school record of 25 touchdowns in a season. It's my senior season, I just want to leave my mark and go out with a bang".

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