Varsity Preps

2014 Am. Heritage Plantation WR Boasts 30 Offers

2014 WR Isaiah McKenzie (5’9, 165, 4.45) of American Heritage Plantation is one of the most explosive offensive weapons in the state of Florida, and maybe even the country. If you get to see McKenzie play in person, don’t look away from the field or blink, you might miss him score. In 2012, McKenzie hauled in 30 receptions for 824 yards (27.5 avg) and 16 touchdowns, adding three more scores in the return game, totaling 19.

Last time Deep South Recruiting interviewed him, he reported he held verbal offers from Cincinnati and UMass. Now, he claims over 30 with West Virginia, Notre Dame, Rutgers, Boston College, South FloridaMarshall, East Carolina, and Western Michigan among them.

He doesn’t any favorites currently. “No, I don’t have any. Everybody is still even and I’m wide open.”

McKenzie attended a Junior Day at Miami recently. “It was a good visit. All the visitors attended the basketball game that night.”

He plans to attend the Al Golden camp in June. “I’ll also attend camps at Rutgers, West Virginia, and Notre Dame.”

American Heritage Plantation just wrapped up spring drills and McKenzie talked about his hopes for the 2013 season. “We have an outstanding quarterback in Torrance Gibson (6’3, 200, 4.5/40, 2015 Watch List) and one of the best backs in the country, Sony Michel (5’11, 205, 4.5). I thought we really came together as a unit and I think we can be special offensively. I expect to make the playoffs and make a deep run.

“I feel like I left off from where I was last season, didn’t miss a beat. I continue to improve my hands and speed, and I’m going to live in the weight room this summer,” he said.

McKenzie is also slated to see extensive time in the secondary and is expecting to start a few games at corner. “In our tougher games, I’ll slide to the outside and see a fair amount of time at nickel.”

The talented junior will make his mark in the return game and is a threat to take it to the house every single opportunity he gets. “I think that’s where I can have a sudden impact in all our games. I just have a feel for making plays when I’m back there.”

He wants to end the recruiting process before his senior season gets underway. “I’m thinking about making my pledge at the end of summer.”

— Michael Bradley

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