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Free Update: Bruins Land No. 1 JC Prospect

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Fireworks 350UCLA received a huge commitment and letter-of-intent signed by a player who is considered the No. 1 prospect on the junior college level in Takkarist McKinley (6-4, 235, 4.4) from Contra Costa College.

Contra Costa head coach, Alonzo Carter, also know as the “Real Coach Carter” had the following to say about McKinley.

“It was the perfect storm, UCLA is a quarter school and they haven’t started school yet,” Carter said. “Takk [McKinley] didn’t play in our first game because he is nursing a knee injury and it all fell into place.

“The Bruins are getting one of the most athletic players I have ever coached. He’s 6-4, 235 and runs a 4.4 forty. He can play outside linebacker or defensive end. He can do a little bit of everything. He ran a 10.5 100-meter, electronic.

“Takk and [UCLA sophomore wide receiver] Kenny Walker were on the same relay team together in high school and Takk was the anchor man.”

Bruin fans know the kind of speed that Kenny Walker has and McKinley being the anchor says a whole lot about the speed of the newest Bruin. Walker ran the third leg.

McKinley talks to about his pledge and signing to UCLA.

“It was the coaches,” McKinley said. “I have been recruited by UCLA almost since my sophomore year because Kenny [Walker] and I went to the same high school, so they knew I was the next one in line. 

“Coach Angus [McClure] and I had a few conversations together and I was being recruited by him, so I developed a good relationship with Coach Angus for I don’t know how long.

“So, I chose the Bruins because of the coaching staff. Coach Angus, he helped me out big time in the qualifying stuff. Coach Jeff Ulbrich, the defensive coordinator, I have a good relationship with him. Coach Tui [outside linebacker coach Mike Tuiasosopo], I have a good relationship with him and Coach [Jim] Mora, they are all good coaches and really believed in me and I believed in them. I want to get down there as soon as possible and compete. It’s time to grind. That’s what I have been wanting and now it is here.”

Believe it or not, if McKinley is ready he will be able to play against Arizona State.

“It all depends [playing against ASU],” McKinley said. “I haven’t had that talk with Coach Mora yet. I will talk with Coach Mora Tuesday. 

“If they want to redshirt me, redshirt me. If they want me to play and I can learn the playbook then I will be able to play against Arizona State. It all depends on that talk Tuesday.”

McKinley committed to Cal out of high school and the Bears wanted him to come back. It was a tough call to make for the young man.

“I talked to [Cal head coach Sonny Dykes] Coach Dykes this morning,” McKinley said. “I pretty much told him what my plans were and that was to sign with UCLA. I think he was a little disappointed, but after I told him he was ready to get off the phone.

“Recruiting is one of the hardest things that I have been through because you build relationships with coaches and you can only choose one school.”

The Bruins have big plans for McKinley.

“I believe they want me to play the same position that Anthony Barr played,” McKinley said. “They need pressure and sacks. It looks like I am that guy. If needed, I got it. Tackles for loss, I got it. I am going to go in there and compete and pretty much grind and do the best that I can.”

What makes McKinley such an outstanding recruit is he has four years to play three and of course he is considered by most experts as the No. 1 JUCO recruit in the nation. He will be part of the 2014 class.

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