It is decision day for one of the priority recruits for Texas football in the 2024 class, the elite five-star Lafayette (LA) Acadiana defensive lineman Dominick McKinley. The elite Louisiana defensive lineman is set to announce his decision on Sep. 1 at 3:30 p.m. CT at Acadiana High School.
McKinley will decide between his top five finalist schools: the LSU Tigers, Ohio State Buckeyes, Oklahoma Sooners, Texas A&M Aggies, and Texas. But it looks like McKinley’s decision will ultimately come down to three schools, Oklahoma, Texas, and Texas A&M, with the Aggies trending as the favorite to land his commitment on Sep. 1.
While buzz on the Texas A&M was very quiet in this recruitment for most of the summer, the optimism coming out of College Station this week is very tangible. Just a few hours from McKinley’s decision on the afternoon of Sep. 1, Texas A&M is trending to be the pick here.
Texas A&M gets multiple forecasts late this week for 5-Star DL Dominick McKinley
Two significant forecasts entered late this week are telling of where things are trending in this recruitment. Steve Wiltfong and Mike Roach of 247Sports entered Crystal Ball Predictions in the last 24 hours, projecting McKinley’s commitment to Texas A&M.
Wiltfong and Roach entered their crystal balls with moderate to high confidence levels for McKinley to land at Texas A&M.
Gerry Hamilton and Justin Wells of Inside Texas also flipped their On3 RPM picks from Texas to Texas A&M (with moderate to high confidence levels) on the morning of Sep. 1.
Even the two most recent Rivals FutureCasts from their analysts and publishers project Texas A&M to land McKinley’s commitment over Texas and Oklahoma.
Texas will recruit McKinley through the finish line on signing day
McKinley’s recruitment is one of the weirder and more secretive to follow this cycle, if not in the last few years. He and his family have kept their decision very close to the vest, making it difficult for the media in the recruiting space to get a read on this recruitment.
Nonetheless, McKinley will remain a priority for defensive line coach Bo Davis and the Longhorns through the finish line on signing day in mid-December. Texas won’t back down with McKinley this fall.