Woodbury, N.J | 5116 | 185 | 4.38E | 2018
Speedy cornerback who was originally recruited as a safety and didn’t see a meaningful snap during his first three years in Tuscaloosa. Possesses next level athleticism; timed as the fastest player on the Tide at 4.30 and 4.34 in the forty-yard dash in 2015 and 2016. A New Jersey state champion in both the 55-meter dash and high jump, he registered the second best long jump in state history—25 feet, 2 inches (Carl Lewis 1979). Very coachable and knowledgeable; rarely makes a mistake, according to head coach Nick Saban, who even tried him out at wide receiver in attempt to get his speed on the field. His footwork is subpar but he makes up for it with his quickness, athleticism and instincts. Once he began receiving playing time, he needed to overcome the mental aspect of the game. Then he found his confidence and transitioned into a lockdown corner. In 2015 he suffered through a litany of injuries, including a torn bicep, hyperextended elbow, sprained wrist and a broken finger. He also underwent sports hernia surgery following the Spring of 2017. Another healthy season where he plays in every game will help solidify his draft stock. He has the potential to be a shutdown corner at the next level once he polishes up his technique. The nephew of Miami Hurricanes offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie (Ravens). He was prematurely born after only 28 weeks but has never had any issues.
2016: A speedy defensive back who provided depth in the Alabama secondary and earned a starting role at corner … totaled 48 stops on the season, including 39 solo tackles … also had three tackles for loss (-19 yards), a team-leading eight pass breakups and a pair of forced fumbles … tied for the team lead with eight stops on kickoff coverage … named one the UA coaches’ defensive players of the week for his performances against Florida and Washington.
2015: Saw action on special teams for the Tide as a sophomore … saw his first action of the year against Middle Tennessee and followed with time against ULM, Texas A&M, Tennessee, Charleston Southern and Michigan State … collected his first tackle of the season on special teams at A&M and then made one stop on special teams against Michigan State.
2014: Played in one game against Western Carolina.
2013: Redshirted during his first season at The University of Alabama.
High School/Personal: Joined the Crimson Tide out of Woodbury High School in New Jersey … a talented athlete who also boasted a distinguished career in track and field … clocked at 10.6 in the 100-meters, 6.46 in the 55 meters and high jumped 6-feet, 4-inches … possibly the top prep long jumper in the nation with a jump of 25-feet, two-inches, which was the longest jump in the nation for 2013 and the second-longest in state history … 106 tackles, 12 pass breakups and five interceptions as a senior in 2012, earning him first team All-State honors … had 52 stops and three picks as a junior in 2011 and 40 tackles and three interceptions in 2010 … coached by Zac Valentine … nephew of former Miami (Fla.) All-American and Baltimore Ravens offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie.