Five-star cornerback Ga’Quincy “Kool Aid” McKinstry has committed to Nick Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide over Auburn and LSU. The nation’s top-ranked cornerback announced his decision on CBS Sports HQ Sunday afternoon at Pinson Valley (Ala.) High School.
“That’s where I feel the most comfortable at,” McKinstry told BamaOnLine of why he chose Alabama. “It’s where I feel I can be developed the best at.”
A need position of the Crimson Tide’s in 2021, the five-star cornerback joins a talented defensive backs haul thus far for UA that includes the top junior college cornerback in Khyree Jackson and Ohio standout Devonta Smith. The Tide also holds a commitment from four-star safety Kaine Williams as well as four-star athlete Kadarius Calloway.
McKinstry is yet another top in-state recruit to opt for Alabama. In the 2021 class alone, UA has in-state commitments from All-American inside linebacker Deontae Lawson, four-star outside linebacker Ian Jackson, and three-star defensive tackles Anquin Barnes and Tim Keenan. The Tide also has two in-state commitments in next year’s class from five-star defensive end Jeremiah Alexander and four-star inside linebacker Robert Woodyard.
Defensive backs coach Karl Scott recruits McKinstry. Scott, the ace recruiter for the Tide in last year’s class, is picking up steam in 2021 with a pair of five-star pledges now in McKinstry and offensive tackle Tommy Brockermeyer.
McKinstry is rated the No. 1 cornerback and the No. 24 overall player in the country, per the industry-generated 247Sports Composite Rankings. 247Sports also considers McKinstry the No. 1 cornerback, however, rates him the No. 18 overall player in the country.
UA now sits with 22 commitments in the class of 2021, strengthening its grip on the No. 1-ranked class in the country, per the industry-generated 247Sports Composite Team Recruiting Rankings.
Here is 247Sports’ evaluation of the five-star Tide pledge:
“Possesses a lean build with good length and stature for a cornerback. Tested as a good athlete prior to his junior season and should continue making progress on that front as he spends more time in the weight room over the next few years. In addition to the football field, shows his athleticism as an above-the-rim basketball player and one of the better hoopers in Alabama. Is an outstanding and productive two-way player on the gridiron, starring as a receiver and corner for Pinson Valley. Has elite ball skills as a corner and would also be a top prospect as a receiver if he wanted. Shows the ability to consistently pluck the ball at his highest point and win in contested situations on both sides of the ball. In addition to high-pointing and out-jumping the competition, also shows the ability to locate and track the ball downfield. Makes difficult plays at a high rate and finds multiple ways to effect the game. Instinctive in coverage and shows the ability to read the quarterback’s eyes and break on the ball. Impresses with his competitive nature. Will need to continue honing his coverage technique as a cornerback, which should come once he focuses on the sport and position full time. Projects as an impact multi-year starter at the Power 5 level with the upside of developing into an early round draft pick.”