Alabama CB Kool-Aid McKinstry looks bigger for its second year

He arrived in Alabama’s signing class in 2021 as a five-star athlete, but Kool-Aid McKinstry is turning his body into a starting defensive back for the fall.

Before entering his sophomore year, McKinstry posted photos of himself in his Crimson Tide jersey on Twitter.

The Birmingham native looks bigger in chest, biceps, triceps and back muscles. He trained with Justin Woodall (former Alabama Safety) and Leonard Stephens (Step-by-Step Performance) throughout the offseason. He earned a spot on the All-SEC Freshman team last season. McKinstry has posted 25 tackles, one sack, one interception and a pass breakup in 15 games.

According to Stephens, McKinstry has “more bulk” in her chest. He was athletic but lean when he started with Stephens, but McKinstry’s body as a college athlete is taking shape. Stephens told Touchdown Alabama Magazine that he sees McKinstry becoming more impactful this season, especially with his experience and the work he’s doing. He is competing with Eli Ricks and Khyree Jackson for a cornerback position. Summer training and pre-season camp will soon be here for the Tide.

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Stephen M. Smith is editor-in-chief and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. You can “like” it on Facebook or “follow him” on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

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