Playing offensive line these days isn’t all about size and strength. The advent of zone blocking schemes, like the one employed by USC, puts a premium on athletic, nimble linemen who can move.
Former Carver (Ga.) standout and USC signee Quincy McKinney understands the value of quickness. Though he figures to move from tackle to guard once he arrives at USC, he knows that he’ll still need to be light on his feet.
So, he’s morphed into perhaps the biggest sprinter in Georgia state history. The 6-foot-3, 305-pounder has been training with the school’s track team since January in an attempt to get faster and more explosive.
“I’m also trying to keep my weight down,” said McKinney, who won’t run competitively in any meets. “They want me at 290, so I’ve got a little ways to go.”
McKinney is motivated to get better. None of the major recruiting services had him ranked inside the top 25 at his position. Rivals ranked him as the nation’s 61st-best offensive tackle. He’s ready to prove his value to the Gamecocks.
“I’ve just got to perform at the best my abilities will allow me to,” said McKinney, who will enroll at USC in June. “ I just want to get out of high school. I wish I could skip the last couple of months and get there. I just really want to get college started.”