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Utah picks up transfer safety from Washington

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The Utah secondary got stronger on Wednesday night when former Washington safety Brandon McKinney committed to play for the Utes this upcoming season. McKinney made the announcement on Instagram.

McKinney is eligible to play immediately, and with an injury to RJ Hubert, he’ll likely be in the running for a starting role the moment he steps onto campus.

According to 247 Sports McKinney was the 22nd best safety coming out in 2017 and had an offer from almost every Pac-12 South team, including Utah.

McKinney played in 44 games over four seasons at UW. He had 40 tackles and a forced fumble. In 2020 he played in all four of the Huskies’ games and picked up four tackles, three against Arizona.

The next move we should see from Utah is a wide receiver or two coming in from the portal. As Bill Riley said in his tweet, Coach Whitt has embraced the transfer portal and they are actively searching for some more depth to add to the wide out room. With a bulk of the roster settled and in place, it’s all about adding depth at this point with the last few scholarships that Utah has available.

This addition of McKinney is a really nice piece to the puzzle, and if anybody can tap into his potential as a safety it’s Morgan Scalley. I can’t wait to see what he can do in red.