Alabama's Ga'Quincy McKinstry to Go by 'Kool-Aid' When He Debuts for Crimson Tide

Adam WellsJune 11, 2021

TUSCALOOSA, AL - SEPTEMBER 08: A general view of the Alabama logo at midfield during a game between the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers and the Alabama Crimson Tide on September 8, 2012 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. The Crimson Tide defeated the Hilltoppers 35-0. (Photo by Lance King/Replay Photos via Getty Images)
Lance King/Replay Photos via Getty Images

Alabama freshman Ga'Quincy McKinstry has decided to go by his nickname when he suits up for the Crimson Tide in 2021. 

His first name is officially listed as "Kool-Aid" on Alabama's official athletic website:

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Five-star freshman Ga'Quincy McKinstry will go by the nickname “Kool-Aid” this fall on Bama 🔥<br><br>Best nickname in college football? pic.twitter.com/rSqJP9F60e

Per Mikey DiLullo of the Tuscaloosa News, McKinstry has had the nickname since he was born. 

"At birth, my grandma gave me that name," McKinstry told AL.com (h/t DiLullo). "Said I came out smiling,” 

McKinstry committed to Alabama in October. He is a 5-star recruit, as well as the top-ranked cornerback and No. 17 overall player in the 2021 class, per the 247Sports composite rankings

If the Pinson Valley High School alum can live up to that potential with the Crimson Tide, McKinstry can call himself whatever he wants.


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