Tigers Coming On Strong For Four-Star Tight End

Gabe McKenzie took an unoffical visit to the Plains this past weekend and comments on his interest in the Tigers.

Mobile, Ala.--Gabe McKenzie is a two-way standout for Davidson High and one of the top two tight ends in the South this year.

The 6-3, 216-pounder recently made another trip to Auburn to see the Tigers 38-20 victory over Arkansas and came away very impressed. "This is the second game I have been to this season, but, I mean, Auburn is just looking good this season and my position is looking even better," McKenzie explains. "I talked to Coach (Al) Borges, Coach (Steve) Ensminger the tight ends coach, Coach (Joe) Whitt and Coach Tuberville.

"It is a real good program right now, and at the tight end position they are getting the tight end the ball," McKenzie adds. "I mean, they are number four in the country and there ain't much more to say."

The senior also notes that he got to chat with some of the players after the game. "After the game you get to go in the locker room and talk to the players. I talked to Ronnie Brown, Cadillac, and Cooper Wallace. I talked to the linebacker (Travis) Williams--just walking around and talking to a couple of them."

After another great weekend on the Plains, McKenzie says he is ready to bump Auburn up to the top of his leaderboard with one other school. "It's Auburn and Florida," he says about his leaders. "Overall I'm still looking at Auburn, Miami, Florida and LSU."

Gabe McKenzie

As for his official visits, the athletic tight end says the he hasn't scheduled them yet, but there is one he knows for sure. "Auburn is guaranteed to get one of them," he notes.

Midway through the season, McKenzie says he and his Davidson team are having a strong year. "We are 5-2 and we are tied for the region right now," he notes. "Right now, I have got about eight catches for like 100 or so yards. I have got two touchdowns."

Even with solid numbers on offense, McKenzie explains he didn't play a lot of tight end early in the season. "For the first four games, I was almost strictly defense and playing offense just a little bit, but now I am back full-time tight end," he notes.

"It is so much of a distraction," he says about his effect on opposing defenses. "Everybody knows me or whatever and they are like, 'He's a receiver and he goes out for a lot of passes and things like that.' They are so focused on me that they don't look at our other receivers and they are open. Then, blocking-wise, I block as good as anybody."

Along with his more recent contributions at tight end, McKenzie has been playing defensive end all season and is making quite an impact on that side of the ball as well. "I have almost 20 tackles, 15 quarterback hurries and two sacks," he says.


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