Last fall, Central-Phenix City running back Joseph McKay made it a habit of breaking off big runs and setting the pace for the Red Devils’ offense. Thanks to those performances, he’s received some real recognition in the lead-up to his senior season.
McKay was selected to MaxPreps’ Preseason All-State second team on Thursday. McKay was one of three running backs selected to the second team and one of 56 total players chosen by the high school sports website.
McKay received the honors after a stellar junior season for Central. In his first year as the Red Devils’ lead running back, McKay took 186 carries for 1,333 yards and 20 touchdowns for a Central team that averaged 37.1 points per game.
With McKay’s help, the Red Devils won 12 games and played for the Class 7A state title for the second straight year. Even with his success, McKay took no solace in those efforts after the team lost in the championship game.
“(There weren’t any personal highlights) because we didn’t win the championship,” McKay said. “If we had won the championship, then it would have been my favorite game.”
McKay’s success on the field hasn’t only been noticed by sites like MaxPreps, either. The 6-foot, 215-pound McKay has 13 scholarship offers under his belt, including ones from Alabama, Florida State and LSU.
McKay is considered a three-star recruit per 247 Sports’ composite ratings. Per the same metrics, he is the 34th-best player in Alabama and the 57th-best running back in the class of 2021.
McKay was the only area football player selected to MaxPreps’ preseason team. Dothan running back Jaylin White — who will face off with Central this fall as a new region foe — also made the second team, as did five Oxford players, who McKay will take on in the Red Devils’ season finale this October.
Thompson, who defeated Central in the 2019 state title game, tied with Oxford with the most players selected with five.
To see the list in its entirety, visit https://t.maxpreps.com/2OC35Gp.
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