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Transfer Tracker: Veteran DB Brandon McKinney enters portal

Mark Pszonak contributed to this report.

The transfer portal never stops moving. On Thursday, Washington DB Brandon McKinney, a former four-star, officially made himself available and the interest quickly flowed in.


McKinney totaled 40 tackles at Washington
McKinney totaled 40 tackles at Washington (seattletimes)

Recruiting: McKinney was mainly focusing on Washington, USC and Colorado when he committed to the Huskies during the summer leading up to his senior season after a visit to Seattle.

With the Huskies: McKinney played in 44 career games at Washington, totaling 40 tackles, one tackle for a loss, one forced fumble and one pass breakup. His one start was in the 2019 Rose Bowl against Ohio State.

Potential landing spots: The grad transfer quickly picked up a good amount of immediate interest, including from Kansas State, Louisville, Colorado and Hawaii.

Farrell’s Take: McKinney has been around for a long time but never broke through as starter for Washington which is a bit surprising. He's a big kid and he can tackle but pass coverage has been an issue overall. But he's a Power Five talent in the right fit and it wouldn't surprise me to see him head to Colorado where they loved him out of high school despite a new staff.

Impact Meter: 5.2 out of 10



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The Transfer Portal continues to change the way college football programs recruit and manage their rosters so we here at continue to evolve our coverage. Each time a player of note enters the portal, we will examine their potential impact on the college football landscape and assign an impact rating, both when they enter the portal and when they choose a destination. The scale is from 1-10 and the description below explains the scoring scale.

1.1-4.0 — Not a big impact expected, likely a non-starter and down the bench depth player.

4.1- 6.0 — A solid impact can be expected in the right scenario and has the potential to battle for a starting job.

6.1-9.0. — A high impact player who won’t change a program but will certainly be a very good contributor and starter.

9.1- 9.9 — A very high impact player who should start the moment he steps on the field and will change the outlook of a program immediately.

10 — A franchise transfer who has a chance to be an All American and one of the elite players in college football.