Dahman McKinnon returned to his Hope Mills, North Carolina, home last Saturday as the newest member of Virginia Tech’s 2012 football recruiting class. In the 6-2, 200-pound junior, Virginia Tech gets a prospect that seems tailor made for the Whip linebacker spot. McKinnon certainly thought so, as position is a big reason why he committed Virginia Tech.
“I was really comfortable when I went there. They showed me a great time,” said McKinnon, a product of South View High School. “The coaches were really straightforward with me. It had everything I wanted. They are recruiting me to play a specific position (Whip) that is pretty much what I do now in high school, only it would be on the college level.”
Committing “surprised me a little bit,” McKinnon admits. “Going into the day, I was thinking I would probably wait. Going up there, though, it was perfect.”
McKinnon, who was accompanied by his mother and grandfather and in constant contact with his uncle (a Virginia Tech fan), recalled the point last Saturday when he started seriously thinking about pledging to the Hokies.
“It was towards the end, after I put it all together,” McKinnon said. “I got there early. We had a long trip, but we left early. When I got there, they took me back to see Coach Wiles. The TV was on back there, and then other coaches started coming in. The other coaches, they all were telling me they had heard about me. They said I really pop out on film. That was really cool. As the day went on, I talked to Coach Beamer a few times. I watched film with one of the assistants and they showed me what I’d be doing in the defense.”
McKinnon grew up a Florida fan, but Virginia Tech was his “second favorite” school…up until this past weekend, of course. The Tar Heel state star has no plans on going back on his decision.
“I really don’t like going back on my word,” McKinnon said. “I want to keep my word, and as of now I’m staying on track to go to Virginia Tech.”
McKinnon began his high school football career as a freshman on the junior varsity, but impressive performances earned him a spot on the varsity level halfway through the 2008 season. South View’s...
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