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Monday, February 18, 2013
QB Dimonic McKinzy up to four offers

By Damon Sayles

The last time Wyandotte High School in Kansas City, Kan., was in the mouths of many following college football recruiting, a linebacker by the name of Lyron Collins was preparing to sign with Notre Dame.

That was in 1993 -- 20 years ago.

Dimonic McKinzy is well aware of the history -- or lack thereof -- of Wyandotte football, and he is on a mission to turn the program around. In his first year at Wyandotte after moving from University Academy in Kansas City, Mo., McKinzy led the Bulldogs to a winning record and helped the program get one step closer to becoming relevant in the world of Kansas high school football.

McKinzy visited Lawrence, Kan., over the weekend for Kansas’ junior day, and he also took another step in becoming Wyandotte’s next big thing. While at Kansas, the 6-foot, 215-pound quarterback picked up a scholarship offer, his fourth.

“Out of the whole experience, I got that they’re really interested in me,” McKinzy said. “When I first got there, that’s when I received the offer. I was talking to lot of the players and some of the coaches, and I was building some good relationships.

“KU is like Wyandotte. They’re on the rise. Wyandotte hasn’t had winning seasons in years, and we pushed a lot of limits. We’re still rising.”

Running backs coach/recruiting coordinator Reggie Mitchell is recruiting McKinzy, who now has offers from Kansas, Iowa, Minnesota and Nebraska. McKinzy also has interest from Kansas State, Northern Illinois and Tulsa.

McKinzy was offered by head coach Charlie Weis personally, and he called it “a blessing.” Simply going to college will be even more of a blessing for McKinzy, who has aspirations after graduating -- if a professional football career isn’t in his future.

“I want to major in business management,” he said. “I’m going to own my own construction company and also have a barber shop. I’ve been cutting hair since I was 12.”