WR Javon McKinley

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Measurables: 6-2, 194             

School: Corona (Calif.) Centennial

Rivals ranking: Four stars, No. 11 WR.

247Sports ranking: Four stars, No. 12 WR.

Notable numbers: McKinley caught 57 passes for 1,173 yards and 13 touchdowns. He also threw two passes for 130 yards and 2 TDs.

First scholarship offer: Arizona State.

Best advice I received through the recruiting process: Take your time.

One word to describe Brian Kelly: Determined.

The one thing I won’t miss about the recruiting process: The hassle of coaches.

Moment I knew I wanted to be Irish: When I knew what they could do for me academically and offering early playing opportunity.

My secret off-the-field talent: Eating.

Song on my iPod I’m embarrassed to tell people about: “Bagatelle in C minor” by Beethoven.

Sports idol: Dez Bryant.

Preferred social media: Twitter.

Favorite football accomplishment: Getting Mr. Football Player of the Year.

Dream job (other than the NFL): Firefighter.

Wide receivers coach Mike Denbrock on why McKinley was such a priority for Notre Dame: "His skill set that he brings to the table, and you guys know by looking at our roster, we like long receivers that can run. He fit the profile of that type of dynamic athlete that not only had size but the ability to do something after he had the football in his hands. That obviously piqued our interest.

"Then when you sit down with him for five seconds and you start to get to know him and you talk to his family, you knew what a great fit he would be for this university in particular. Notre Dame fit him as well as he fit what we like offensively and what we like to do. He was very near if not at the top of the list from the beginning of the recruiting process all the way through."


Audio: Notre Dame assistant head coach Mike Denbrock talks about Mckinley's recruitment.

Notre Dame WR commit Javon McKinley. (Tribune photo)