FAYETTEVILLE – The University of Arkansas football team has added wide receiver Mekale McKay (6-6, 195, Louisville, Ky.) to its 2012 signing class, head coach Bobby Petrino announced Thursday.
"We are excited to add Mekale to what we feel like is a very fast and athletic class," said Coach Petrino. 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 was a two-sport standout at Moore High School, excelling on the gridiron and on the basketball team. He was ranked as the No. 2 overall prospect in Kentucky and as the No. 48 wide receiver in the country by 247Sports.com, and ESPN tabbed him as the second-team all-state forward in basketball prior to his senior season. As a senior, he was a first-team all-district selection and earned honorable-mention all-state accolades after catching 38 passes for 894 yards and 13 touchdowns. In his junior season, he was named first-team all-district as he helped lead the Mustangs to the second round of the state playoffs by recording their first playoff win since 2001. He also was an all-region performer in basketball during his junior season. McKay chose Arkansas over Ole Miss, Kentucky, Tennessee, Louisville, Cincinnati and Indiana among others for football and many other schools for basketball. He was coached at Moore by Robert Johnson.