Cornerback Verone McKinley dominated The Opening in Dallas March 5. (Mike Craven)

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Scouting the Fabulous 55: No. 34, cornerback Verone McKinley III

Lewisville Hebron's four-star cornerback looks like he'll be just fine transitioning to covering college receivers.

Posted February 20th, 2017

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Taking a closer look at our initial 2018 Fabulous 55 list of the state’s top recruits:

No. 34: Verone McKinley III, CB, Lewisville Hebron

FYI: 5-10/170; 4-stars

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Texas offer: No

Top offers: Alabama, LSU, Clemson, Texas A&M, Texas Tech

College: Undecided

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Scouting McKinley: Young cornerbacks prefer press-coverage. It eliminates the need to anticipate. Most elite cornerbacks can overwhelm prep receivers by dominating physicality at the line of scrimmage. The cornerback attacks the wide receiver at the line, which throws off the route and the quarterback throws the ball a different direction. Rinse and repeat. Except it doesn’t work as easily in college as receivers of equal ability use techniques to get off the line. This forces corners to play off-coverage, and many young players look lost in the transition.

This isn’t true for McKinley. He’s adept at playing off-coverage and allowing the receiver to take him to the ball. It’s a testament to McKinley’s patience and athleticism. He’s rarely in a bad position because he doesn’t take unnecessary chances — aggression for aggression’s sake is foolish. McKinley plays with a poise that’s nearly symphonic. He flips his hips as well as anyone in the state and isn’t shy in run-support for an undersized prospect. His speed prevents receivers from beating him vertically and his quickness allows him to break on the ball in the air. Once an interception is made, he’s athletic enough to turn it into a touchdown.

The 2018 Fabulous 55

RANKPLAYERPOS.HIGH SCHOOLCOLLEGE
55.Tommy BushWRSchertz ClemensUndecided
54.Chasen HinesOLMarshall (5A)LSU
53.Jaquayln CrawfodATHRockdale (3A)Undecided
52.Julon WilliamsATHConverse Judson (6A)Undecided
51.Trent GordonCBManvel (5A)Penn State
50.Keaontay IngramRBCarthage (4A)Texas
49. Tanner McCalisterCBRockwall-Heath (6A)Undecided
48.Ke'von AhmadWRColleyville Heritage (5A)Undecided
47.Trey StratfordOTAllen (6A)Undecided
46.Tanner MordecaiQBWaco Midway (6A)Oklahoma
45.Jaylon RobinsonATHFort Worth Paschal (6A)Oklahoma
44.Quandree WhiteATHCollege Station (5A)Undecided
43.Miles BattleWRCypress Creek (6A)Undecided
42.Zadock DinkelmannQBSomerset (4A)Undecided
41.Jordon AustinCBLancaster (5A)Oklahoma
40.Tyrese HeardSTeague (3A)UAB
39.Trevon Moehrig-WoodardCBSmithson Valley (6A)TCU
38. Joshua FleeksWRCedar Hill (6A)Baylor
37. Jarell CherryDEDallas Carter (6A)LSU
36.Drue JacksonWRGarland Sasche (6A)Undecided
35.D'shawn JamisonCBHouston Lamar (6A)Undecided
34. Verone McKinley IIICBLewisville Hebron (6A)Undecided
33. Calvin AveryDTDallas Bishop Dunne (TAPPS) Undecided
32.Montel ParkerWRDickinson (6A)Texas A&M
31.Chad BaileyLBFort Bend Ridge Point (6A)Undecided
30. Isaiah HumphriesSGarland Sachse (6A)Penn State
29. Leon O'Neal Jr.SCypress Springs (6A)Texas A&M
28. Erik EzukanmaWRKeller Timber Creek (6A)Undecided
27. Jaylen WaddleWRBellaire Episcopal (SBC)Undecided
26. Stanley HackettRBPasadena Rayburn (6A)Undecided
25.Cam'ron JonesSMansfield (6A)Undecided
24. Craig WilliamsRBCrosby (5A)Undecided
23. Luke MatthewsOTFort Bend Elkins (5A)Texas A&M
22. Spencer SandersQBDenton Ryan (5A)Oklahoma State
21.Atanza VongorSSouth Grand Prairie (6A)TCU
20.Jordan MooreSYoakum (3A)Texas A&M
19. Bobby BrownDTArlington Lamar (6A)Undecided
18. Gabriel DouglasWRDenton Ryan (5A)Texas Tech
17.Bumper PoolLBLucas Lovejoy (5A)Arkansas
16.Alston OrjiLBRockwall (6A)Vanderbilt
15. Colten BlantonOTCypress Ranch (6A)Texas A&M
14. Jalen MaydenQBGarland Sachse (5A)Miss. State
13. Al'Vonte WoodardWRHouston Lamar (6A)Texas
12. Brennan EaglesWRAlief Taylor (6A)Texas
11. Keondre CoburnDTSpring Westfield (6A)Undecided
10. Mustapha MuhammadTEFort Bend Ridge Point (6A)Undecided
9. Jalen GreenCBHouston Heights (6A)Texas
8.Barton ClementOLFort Bend Marshall (5A)Texas A&M
7. Darrell SimpsonOTNorthwest (5A)Undecided
6.Malcolm EppsTESpring DeKaney (6A)Undecided
5. Jalen PrestonWRManvel (5A)Undecided
4.Caden SternsSCibolo Steele (6A)Texas
3. Max WrightDEKaty Taylor (6A)Texas A&M
2.BJ FosterSAngleton (5A)Texas
1. Anthony CookCBHouston Lamar (6A)Undecided

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