Monday, October 17, 2016

Culver column: DB McKinley, Rattlers turning things around after 0-4 start

TALLAHASSEE, Florida -- When Orlando McKinley Jr. was being recruited out of Westlake in Atlanta, he wasn’t getting the offers he really craved.

Coming out of high school, colleges looked at him for track and field. McKinley was a guy who played football since he was 4 years old, and while the track offers were great, he wanted to continue his career on the gridiron.

He visited Florida A&M, and signed a scholarship offer with the Rattlers pretty much instantly.

“When I visited FAMU I just fell in love with it,” he said. “I committed the day I came up and signed my scholarship.”

The sophomore cornerback is one of many 2015 recruits making an impact this season. He was someone brought on after all of FAMU’s coaches (except for offensive line coach Edwin Pata) were fired in 2014, in the midst of plenty of uncertainty for the team, and he’s putting his head down and going to work.


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