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Thursday, March 28, 2013
Coming off injury, McGinnis' stock rises

By Gary Laney

ZACHARY, La. -- If you're looking for game film of fast-rising 2015 linebacker Arthur McGinnis (New Orleans/Warren Easton), you might look for a long time.

A sprained ankle and knee sidelined him for most of the 2012 season, giving scouts just two games of sophomore season film to watch. He has made up for that with a tremendously productive spring. On Sunday, he was named linebacker MVP of the NUC 5 Star Challenge Baton Rouge after being named linebacker MVP of the NUC combine, also in Baton Rouge, a month earlier.

McGinnis has also been named all-combine for the Nike SPARQ events in Houston and New Orleans.

"These camps have been helping me a lot," said McGinnis, who said he is getting interest from several A-list schools, including LSU, Alabama, Oklahoma and Miami.

Spring camps have opened scouts' eyes to the talents of McGinnis, whom many are projecting as a linebacker at 6-foot-2, 205 pounds with 4.66 speed in the 40-yard dash. Now the goal is to open people's eyes to Warren Easton.

Easton is one of many public inner-city New Orleans schools that have traditionally struggled in Louisiana's postseason. That trend is changing. A year ago, a prospect-laden team from Edna Karr on New Orleans' West Bank won the Class 4A state title, while McDonogh 35 advanced to the 4A quarterfinals.

McGinnis is confident that his Eagles can join the new-found success of the city schools.

"We're going all the way this year," McGinnis said. "Every class, freshman through seniors, is great."

New Orleans' success will bring more scouting eyes to McGinnis and his teammates. Warren Easton competed well at the recent NUC 7-on-7 tournament, also in Baton Rouge, showing there is more talent there than just the star linebacker.

"The competition in New Orleans is great," McGinnis said. "But the thing about our team that I love is we're a competitive team and we want to play against the best."

That'll give scouts, cheated out of seeing him in action last season, plenty of chances to get a feel for his game.