Schools Pushing for Tide Commitment

Scout.com four-star receiver Jermaine McKenzie is an electrifying athlete. His highlight film shows plenty of evidence in his hands, speed, acceleration and cut- back ability. The Alabama verbal commitment had a big pre-season game, and he is ready for the season opener. McKenzie talks about the upcoming season and other schools trying to lure him away from the Crimson Tide.

"I had a pretty good game Friday night," Jermaine McKenzie said after Bradenton Academy's 48-6 win over Santa Fe. "I am playing in the wing-t offense. I am wing back/receiver. I am playing free safety as well."

"I had three touchdowns. I caught a 64-yard touchdown pass. I ran two sweeps for touchdowns from the wing back position. The touchdown runs were 64 and 34 yards. I had eight tackles on defense."

"We play Bishop McClaughlin in Spinghill [Friday]. It's out first regular season game. I feel good about the season. We have a lot of talent. A lot of speed. There are about six or seven guys on the defensive side that are fast. We're great on defense."

It's always tough to pull a Sunshine State elite player away from the Big Three in Florida. The Crimson Tide landed McKenzie's verbal pledge, but will Alabama hang in there until February?

"I am trying to get to Alabama when they play either Hawaii or Auburn for my official visit," McKenzie said. "I might go to Florida State for an official visit. Florida, Kansas and Georgia Tech are all still recruiting me pretty hard."

McKenzie remains in contact with the Alabama coaching staff on a regular basis and stated about his pledge, "I feel good about my commitment to Alabama. It's still pretty firm."

"I talked to coach [Dave] Ungerer about two weeks ago. He was telling me to have a good season and to stay injury free. He told me to play every down like it's my last. He was telling me how they were in fall camp and getting ready to get the season rolling."

Stay with Scout.com for complete coverage of Bradenton Academy's season and Jermaine McKenzie's recruitment.


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