From Pinson, Alabama, McKinstry is one of the top defensive backs in the country and has the opportunity to choose from basically any school in college football, including in-state programs Alabama and Auburn.
McKinstry has been ranked as one of the best players in the class since 247Sports first ranked this group, starting out as the 30th best player in the country. He eventually worked his way up to the seventh spot, but has fallen back to where he currently sits as the 24th-ranked player, and he earned his final star to become a five-star recruit earlier this year.
He is currently ranked as the best cornerback in the class, according to the 247Sports Composite, ahead of Virginia-based cornerback Tony Grimes, who recently reclassified and enrolled at North Carolina. McKinstry is a four-star athlete for Rivals and ESPN, and in the top five for his position on each recruiting site.
Ga’Quincy McKinstry Recruiting
With his senior season at Pinson Valley High School — the same school Auburn starting quarterback Bo Nix attended — until he has to make a decision, there are tons of programs that will be trying to win over the talented cornerback.
McKinstry has at least 27 scholarship offers from around country and from every conference. The list includes Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, LSU, Miami, Michigan, Mississippi State, Notre Dame, Penn State, Ohio State, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia Tech.
Though there is a long time before the All-American standout needs to sign a National Letter of Intent, but he is officially down to three SEC West schools: Alabama Crimson Tide, Auburn Tigers, and LSU Tigers.
“Kool-Aid” is also being recruiting as a basketball player, holding several Division I offers and earning All-Tournament Team honors in the AHSAA State Tournament this year.
Ga’Quincy McKinstry Highlights
Something that stands out about McKinstry is his ability in all phases of the game, not just as a cover corner. He has the athleticism to go up and haul in touchdowns at wide receiver, which could translate well on defense as well as returning kicks, making him dangerous once he intercepts passes.
He has also shown he can come up and tackle receivers at the line of scrimmage, which is extremely important to the success of a defense and when the time comes for his NFL Draft stock.
Something I really like about his film is he made plays in both man coverage as well as in a zone, showing off his ball skills. Being able to go back and forth between schemes is important when trying to trick quarterbacks, so his ability to play both will help him moving forward.
This post was originally published on February 20, 2020 before updating.
Ga’Quincy McKinstry Commits to Alabama
UPDATE (October 26, 2020): Nobody recruits like Alabama football coach Nick Saban, and he proved that once again over the weekend. Ga’Quincy “Kool Aid” McKinstry officially committed to the University of Alabama on Sunday, October 25.
He chose ‘Bama in videos posted to social media and plans to play both football and basketball. McKinstry could easily be a key part of why Alabama will continue to play in the College Football Playoff and his commitment should be celebrated by fans across the state of Alabama.