Kennedy HS-Richmond’s Takkarist McKinley, a defensive end who projects as an outside linebacker, has committed to Cal. He will be a high school senior this fall and would arrive at Berkeley in 2013.
McKinley said he called coach Jeff Tedford with the news Friday morning. “He was real excited,” McKinley said. “It’s good (to make the decision early). Now I know what they want, what they expect of me.”
“They’ve got something there,” Kennedy track coach and co-athletic director Carl Sumler said of Cal securing the oral commitment from McKinley.
“He’s what I call an ideal athlete,” Sumler said. “He works perfectly and asks a lot of questions. He never misses practice. Never.”
Sumler said he can easily envision McKinley playing outside linebacker, defensive end or even tight end at Cal. “He has great hands,” the coach said.
At 6-foot-2, 235 pounds, Kinley reached the CIF state track meet in both the 100 and 200 meters, running 10.58 seconds in the 100 prelims. He finished seventh in the 100 final, and said his goal is to win both events at the state meet next spring.
At Cal, McKinley hopes to do both sports. He said Tedford has given him the green light to run track if he chooses.
McKinley said he weighs 245 pounds now, but doesn’t believe his speed is affected. “I think I’ve still got it,” he said.