Dimonic McKinzy is a quarterback.
The statement in true in the way that he lines up under center for Kansas City (Kan.) Wyandotte High School every Friday. It's also true in the way that the 2014 prospect wans zero part of the narrative that says he'll need to change positions when he gets to college. The tag of "athlete" is not something that interests him.
In fact, the mere mention of it starts a fire.
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"God blessed me with the skills to be a quarterback," McKinzey said. "It's the place I can use my skills and blessings as an advantage."
His take on the matter is also how he defines his early pecking order. McKinzey currently claims scholarship offers from Iowa, Minnesota and Nebraska. The way he separates them is simple:
The Hawkeyes and Golden Gophers hold an early edge because they see him in the same light in which he sees himself.
"Nebraska is so-so because they are also interested in me to play (cornerback), and that's not what I want to go play," he said. "But … but I don't have a problem playing defense. I love football, so I'll play any position but I love quarterback. That's what I am. That's what has worked out."
It's too soon to tell how other schools perceive McKinzy. The junior says he gets frequent letters from Kansas State, Ole Miss, Oregon, Vanderbilt, Iowa State, Michigan and UCLA. In his opinion, Vandy and Ole Miss are the closest to making things official, but at which position isn't clear.
As for upcoming unofficial visits, there are none. For now, McKinzy is stuck in the process of finding dates that might workout for trips to investigate his top options.
"I'm trying to get a visit to Iowa because they're really serious about me, but the schedules don't mix right now," McKinzy said. "I'm wanting to go to Minnesota, too."
McKinzy references his comfort level with Minnesota, from which he earned an offer with a strong camp performance this summer. When it comes to Iowa, the draw is different.
"I like the tradition and that they get a lot of players to the league," he said of the Hawkeyes. "The league is where I want to go and I'm not stopping at anything to get there."
Wyandotte High is off to a 5-2 start this season under McKinzy's leadership.