Ga'Quincy 'Kool-Aid' McKinstry: 3 things to know about the Alabama football defensive back

Mikey DiLullo
The Tuscaloosa News

Here are three things to know about Alabama football freshman Ga'Quincy "Kool-Aid" McKinstry, who made his first career start for Alabama football against the Mercer University Bears on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021.

How Ga'Quincy "Kool-Aid" McKinstry got his nickname

Ga'Quincy McKinstry was given the nickname "Kool-Aid" when he was born, due to his smile resembling the Kool-Aid Man.

"At birth, my grandma gave me that name. Said I came out smiling,” McKinstry told AL.com.

The nickname stuck.

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Ga'Quincy "Kool-Aid" McKinstry was Alabama's Mr. Football

Pinson Valley's Ga'Quincy McKinstry (1), a University of Alabama commit, smiles as Pinson Valley takes possession of the ball. Spanish Fort and Pinson Valley squared off at the AHSAA Class 6A state championship game on Dec. 4, 2020 at Bryant-Denny Stadium. [Photo/Hannah Saad]

Ga'Quincy "Kool-Aid" McKinstry was a five-star recruit coming out of Pinson Valley High School. He was ranked as one of the top players in the state of Alabama and one of the best defensive backs in the nation.

After his senior season, he received the Alabama Mr. Football Award.

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Ga'Quincy "Kool-Aid" McKinstry was a 2-sport star

In addition to football, McKinstry also excelled in basketball. McKinstry enrolled early at Alabama and practiced with the Alabama basketball team, but did not appear in a game this season.