Kool-Aid McKinstry weighs in on basketball future after practicing with Nate Oats' squad in 2021
Kool-Aid McKinstry, a 5-star Alabama cornerback, is transitioning to football fully after he was a two-sport athlete recruited by Alabama, Auburn and Georgia. He ultimately committed to the ultimate dynasty program, which is Alabama, but his original goal was to play more than one sport.
That has since shifted. On Tuesday, he reflected that his primary focus was on playing cornerback. After practicing with Nate Oats and the Alabama men’s basketball team last year, he revealed he would be focusing solely on football this year, per On3 Sports.
As a 5-star recruit, McKinstry was ranked as the No. 1 cornerback in the class and was expected to become among the nation’s best in a short period of time. He admits he didn’t know where he would be on the field but seemed confident in his abilities. He figures to be a key contributor in the Alabama secondary this fall.
McKinstry helped Pinson Valley High School amass a 28-4 overall record in high school. He quickly became a top basketball recruit in addition to football, averaging more than 15 points per game, to go with 5 rebounds and almost 4 assists.
He’s always been a versatile player in both sports, even adding that he knew he wanted to play for the Tide, but didn’t know what position he’d be most valuable at:
“I always told my mom I didn’t know what position I’d be playing, but I knew I wanted to play for Alabama in a national championship,” McKinstry said via Bama Insider’s Clint Lamb.
McKinstry is a player to watch heading into the 2022 season.