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By NATE GRIFFIN, SportsRadio 610
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HOUSTON (CBS-Houston) – Talk about taking advantage of an opportunity, former Texas A&M All-Big 12 offensive guard Steve McKinney did just that when he signed with the Aggies on National Signing Day approximately 19 years ago. McKinney would take his talents to the NFL after a successful collegiate career.

He was an All-State defensive and tight end while attending Clear Lake High School. He remembers well what was going through his mind the night before National Signing Day.

“I remember that night vaguely. But, I do remember it took a lot of nerves. I had already changed my mind two or three different times. Throughout my recruiting process, I was going to go to A&M, then I was going to go to Notre Dame and then I finally decided to go to A&M.”

“For me it was a little nerve racking. But, at the same time I knew that I was making the right decision and I was excited about it. I don’t think I really fully grasped the magnitude of the moment that it was really a life-altering decision and I just signed on the dotted line for it.”

CHANGING GAME

College football recruiters are no longer waiting until a good prospect is a junior or senior before they offer a scholarship, especially in the State of Texas where the prospects are plentiful, but so are the recruiters. The recruiters come from near and far. Just last week, LSU Head Football Coach Les Miles was spotted at a local eating establishment right outside of Houston. He was in town to visit with a prospective recruit.

McKinney understands and puts the exercise of signing on the dotted line in perspective for young athletes who plan on playing college football and deciding which institutions they will choose on signing day.

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