The Importance of Koolaid McKinstry
Pinson Valley cornerback Ga'Quincy "Koolaid" McKinstry narrowed his list of colleges he's considering yesterday down to five. Alabama's number one prospect and the number one cornerback in the nation according to 247Sports included five college football powers; Alabama, Auburn, LSU, Georgia and Clemson as the finalists for his collegiate services.
McKinstry is also a talented basketball player and has stated he's looking to go to a school that will allow him to play both football and basketball. He has been a member of three state championship teams at Pinson Valley, two in football (2017, 2018) and one in basketball (2018-19).
He recently put up an edited photo on his social medias showing him wearing an Alabama football and basketball uniform simultaneously.
McKinstry is arguably the Crimson Tide's most coveted player in the 2021 recruiting cycle, not only because of his elite skill set but because of the position that he plays. The Crimson Tide will likely lose Patrick Surtain II to the NFL Draft next season as he will likely be a high-round draft pick. Depending on the upcoming season's results Alabama could see themselves lose two additional cornerbacks to the NFL in Ronald Williams Jr. and Josh Jobe.
Should the Crimson Tide lose three corners in the same class it would be important to replace them with top flight talent that could step in and contribute right away in the 2021 season. With a highly rated recruit at a position of need just an hour and 20 minutes away from the school it makes McKinstry's recruitment even more important.
The 5-foot-11 cornerback was clocked at The Opening Regional Camp in May of 2019 running a 4.67 40-yard dash and his vertical jump measured 33.7 inches. 247Sports scout Charles Power compared the high schooler to Marcus Peters.
McKinstry can join the Crimson Tide and follow in the footsteps in Kareem Jackson, Dre Kirkpatrick, Dee Milliner and Marlon Humphrey as first-round Alabama Crimson Tide cornerbacks Nick Saban has put in the NFL.