On national signing day, the Arkansas Razorbacks lost out on the 6'6", 220-pound phenom in Dorial Green-Beckham at wide receiver.
This week, they made up for it by signing another 6'6" receiver Mekale McKay from Louisville's Moore High School. McKay is considered by many to be the No. 2 prospect out of the state of Kentucky in this year's class.
As a senior, McKay was first team all-district with 38 receptions for 894 yards and 13 touchdowns. He was also a standout basketball player, earning all-region honors in his junior season with scholarships offers to play Division I basketball as well. As a senior he averaged 17 points a game.
McKay chose to play football for Arkansas over offers from Kentucky, Tennessee, Ole Miss, Louisville, Cincinnati and Indiana among others. Originally from Houston, McKay had committed to UTEP, only to withdraw that commitment before national signing day.
"We are excited to add Mekale to what we feel like is a very fast and athletic class," Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino said in a release. "Mekale is a big, strong receiver with great hands who has an extremely physical style of play. We've led the SEC in passing the last three seasons and our goal each year is to accomplish that. Mekale joins a talented group of incoming receivers that combine to bring a number of different strengths to the field."
McKay may not be as widely known as Green-Beckham, but it is obvious that Coach Petrino feels like he has found a diamond in the rough. Only time will tell if he will shine as brightly as the highly polished DGB during his college career.