"Alabama is starting to move up a little," Gabe McKenzie said. "They are going to be really good in the next few years. My concern is if the quarterback goes down, I won't have a ball thrown to me. I am going on my visit January 7th. I will see what they are all about.
"It's still pretty much between Auburn and Miami. I would say Auburn is still a slight leader," he said. "Both of those teams are going to be really good no matter what. Auburn is close to home, but Miami really only has one tight end. They have more tight ends in the NFL than any other college."
"I was in Auburn this weekend at one of the practices. It was really good," McKenzie said. "I was able to meet with a few more players that I had not met before. I talked with all the coaches."
McKenzie claims the decision of four star tight end, Tommy Trott, will not play a role in his decision.
"His (Trott) decision will not have any affect on me. I am looking for a school that does not have many tight ends, but I know I will have competition wherever I go. I have met him several times and we have exchanged phone numbers," McKenzie said.
McKenzie was a finalist for 6A Lineman of the Year.
"I was at the banquet in Birmingham this past week for 6A Lineman of the Year," he said. "I lost to Bobby Greenwood of Prattville. They beat us in the playoffs. He was a great player. I just fell a little bit short of him this year."
McKenzie is now playing basketball. When the season ends, he will work to improve a few things before heading to his college destination.
"Our team is 6-6. We are still trying to get over football," McKenzie said. "After the season, I want to improve my strength. I want to run a legit 4.5 forty. I have been watching a lot of film and I want to be well conditioned. The average defensive end is about 260 and I want to be in great shape because I will probably only be around 220 by the end of the summer. I am about 218 right now.