New Orleans (La.) Warren Easton four-star linebacker Arthur McGinnis has been working hard to narrow his choices and he has several options to choose from so it was no small task.
The likes of Arizona, Boise State, Georgia, Louisville, Ole Miss, Nebraska and Notre Dame have extended scholarship offers, and on Thursday night the 6-foot-2, 225-pound defender announced he was ready to trim his list.
He was ready to cut it to 10, and he would announce his ten finalists on Twitter. At 10 p.m. he began the process and laid out his top 10 choices.
Before I post my top 10 I want to say I appreciate all the colleges for giving me the opportunity to play at the next level!- It's HULK‼️ (@amg_arthur) July 4, 2014
"My top ten, in no specific order, is Texas A&M, UCLA, Mississippi State, Georgia, Texas Tech, Oklahoma, Arizona, Ole Miss, Notre Dame and Tennessee," McGinnis said.
There are several reasons each school made the cut from the campus atmosphere to the relationships he has built with the coaches. One very important factor was how each plans to use him in their defensive schemes.
Not all of the schools plan to use him the same way, but he feels comfortable with the ways he fits into the plans.
"Texas A&M is recruiting me as a strong backer because they basically run a 4-3 and they want me on top of the tight end and things that," McGinnis said. "Teams that run a 3-4 like UCLA and Oklahoma want me as that pass rushing outside linebacker."
There are more plans in the works for McGinnis, who will be participating in the Opening. He already has an idea about when he wants to name his top five.
"Before the season," McGinnis said.
And official visits will soon follow.
"When I trim then down to five that's when I'll setup my official visits," McGinnis said.
As for his decision, he has a few options he is eyeing right now.
"Maybe after the season or I may do a silent commitment before the season," McGinnis said.
McGinnis is currently a four-star linebacker and ranked No. 12 in the Rivals.com Louisiana Preseason Top 50. He is ranked No. 19 among the nation's outside linebackers.
Jason Howell is the Mid-South Region football recruiting analyst for Rivals.com. You can click here to follow him on Twitter.
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