McKinney: If DL coach stays, it's KU

Turner Gill is no longer the head football coach at Kansas, but Ty McKinney (Athens, Texas/Trinity Valley Community College) has made one thing clear after giving a verbal commitment to play for the Jayhawks.

Keep Buddy Wyatt, keep Ty McKinney.

McKinney, a junior college prospect with tons of promise at the defensive tackle position, wants to play under Wyatt, Kansas’ co-defensive coordinator defensive line coach. While McKinney is uncertain about the future of the rest of the Jayhawks coaching staff, he said his pledge will remain true as long as Wyatt sticks around.

“Coach Wyatt and I have a nice bond,” McKinney said. “As long as he’s still there, I’ll still go there. I’ll open everything back up if he leaves.”

All verbal commitments are nonbinding. The first day McKinney can sign a national letter of intent is Feb. 1.

McKinney, a 6-foot-3, 310-pound defensive tackle, visited Lawrence, Kan., the weekend of Nov. 12, when the Jayhawks hosted Baylor. Wyatt made an in-house visit to McKinney on Tuesday, and he gave the verbal at that time. McKinney chose Kansas over offers from Kansas State and Arkansas State. Houston also offered the lineman.

McKinney said Wyatt’s track record made Kansas his favorite. Wyatt has coached five defensive linemen who have been first-round NFL draft picks.

“You look at all the active players he’s coached in the NFL,” McKinney said. “I want to be where he is, and if that’s not Kansas, then I’ll have to find someplace else.”

McKinney became the fifth Trinity Valley player to verbal to a BCS school and the third in the last four days. Trinity Valley will face Butler County Community College (El Dorado, Kansas) in the Citizens Bank Bowl on Sunday in Pittsburg, Kan.