Iowa State became the first school to offer 2018 Iowa Western Community College offensive lineman Anthony McKinney on Monday, per his Twitter account. The offer comes two days after ISU head coach Matt Campbell was in Council Bluffs to watch the Reivers take on Ellsworth.
— Anthony McKinney (@Antwonmckinney6) November 7, 2016
The 6-foot-9-inch, 310-pound prospect told Cyclone Fanatic late Monday night South Carolina and Hawaii are the other two schools he’s heard from so far, but they haven’t pulled the trigger on an offer. That made ISU’s offer even sweeter.
“I received a call this morning from (Coach Alex) Golesh saying how much I impressed them on the field,” McKinney said. “They said that they wanted to be my first offer and I was at a loss for words.”
McKinney, originally from Rockford, Illi., was a honorable mention all-state selection during his senior season at Harlem High School. He said he’s watched Iowa State games in the past, but didn’t have a ton of knowledge about the program.
The ISU staff’s biggest selling point so far has been pretty simple.
“They told me that they are a very young team with lots of great talent,” McKinney said. “And I was just what they were looking for.”