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Oklahoma Sooners Football Recruiting: Zacchaeus McKinney On His Way to Norman

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The big DT is raw, but has the tools to be a big-time player

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Zacchaeus McKinney is a 3-star defensive tackle out of Weatherford, Texas. McKinney had previously committed to the Kansas Jayhawks before his de-commitment and seems to be drawing heavy attention from Texas. McKinney decided to side with Stoops and co. in the end.

The 6’4”, 300 lbs. DT has the ability to eat up multiple blockers and even shed them to get after the quarterback or a running back in the backfield. McKinney is raw, often relying on overpowering his opponents (which might work in high school, but certainly not in D1), but the big guy certainly has all the tools to gain them with some top-level coaching.

How does he fit in?

OU’s 3-4 scheme puts more emphasis on linebackers like Caleb Kelly and Obo Okoronkwo, but a giant, block-eating nose tackle is something the Sooners desperately need—something that was apparent after West Virginia gashed Oklahoma for 388 rushing yards.

If, in fact, OU does switch to a 4-3 scheme (or utilize it in certain situations), then McKinney’s services will be all the more important. The Sooners struggled with consistency and injury all season along the defensive line, so young guns like McKinney should have the opportunity to battle it out for some playing time.