Kennedy-Richmond football star signs with Cal

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).

Phil Jensen

  • Chs101214

    Congratulations, Mr. McKinley. It’s a great story for someone off Cutting and/or west of the tracks to get this kind of offer. There are so many distractions, difficulties and even fewer opportunities for many to afford a private HS education in parts of Richmond/WCCUSD that when they persevere, then attend the greatest public University on the planet, it—-is—-awesome. Shout out to the Coaches at JFK-Richmond, well done!

  • With his speed he is being wasted at def. end. How about a tight end or running back- another chuck muncie type. It will be interesting on the new cal coaching staff. tedford didnt tap a lot of local talent, seems the new staff is picking up some locals.

  • City of Pride and Purpose

    There OC, Tony Franklin has been recruiting this area for years. The Cal Bears reputation will be changing, they’ve got the right coaches in place!

  • Cal has really missed some great talent over the years.
    For DLS alone, Guiterrez- Michigan, Landri-Norte Dame, Simon-Tennessee, Bates-Oregon, Colvin-Oregon, Glasper- Oregon, Jones-UCLA, Houston-Wisconsin, Ward-Oregon, Ward- Oregon State, Wynn- Oregon St, Renauld- Boise, Hooper-Stanford and Hutchings-USC and many others.
    That’s just one school.
    Too much talent escaping North and South.

  • Mvalfan2

    Congrats to this young man and his family. ALways great to see a Bay Area Student Athlete get a channce to stay close and play at Cal. I am looking to see how Cal looks with the new coaching staff thats there. It will be interesting. Loved Tedford so I am a bit torn.

  • Guest

    And what about Berkeley High kicker/punter Sam Boyden? I wonder where he will be? Cal missed their chance!