By Phil Jensen
Wednesday, February 6th, 2013 at 3:38 pm in Uncategorized.
The stress of the recruiting process is over for Kennedy-Richmond football star Takkarist McKinley, who signed with Cal this morning.
“It’s been stressful, real stressful. I’m so glad signing day is done with, but it was worth it in the end,” said the 6-foot-3, 230-pound McKinley, who also said that the new Cal coaching staff is looking at him as a defensive end. He also played linebacker at Kennedy.
McKinley orally committed to Cal last summer, but after Cal fired head coach Jeff Tedford, he decided to officially visit Washington State. That visit took place in January.
“It turned out pretty good, but I still thought that the best decision for me was to stay close to home and be a Golden Bear,” McKinley said.
When asked about his chance of playing next season, McKinley said “When I get to Cal, I will practice hard, be there every day and hopefully I will get moved up to the starting position. … Nothing will be handed to me. You have to work for everything you can get.”
McKinley is unique in that he was one of the fastest high school sprinters in California last year. He produced a time of 10.58 seconds wind-legal for 100 meters in the California Interscholastic Federation state track and field championship preliminaries on June 1, and finished seventh in the boys final the next day (10.76 wind-aided).