Talented Tight End Prospect Talks About Top Two

One of the top tight end prospects in the South talks about favorites Auburn and Miami.

Mobile, Ala.—-Gabe McKenzie knows who his top two schools are at the moment, but that doesn't mean he's any closer to a decision heading into the Christmas Holidays.

The standout tight end from Davidson High, McKenzie has offers from some of the South's top college football programs, but says that two schools lead the way at the moment. "I'm hearing from Auburn, Miami (Fla.), Alabama and Arkansas just called me and said they needed a tight end to start next year," McKenzie tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "Everybody else has pretty much backed off. LSU last called me a few weeks ago.

"Auburn and Miami are still my leaders," he adds. "(At Auburn) the tight ends are getting used now. It matches the running game because I like the plays that they call. Coach (Al) Borges' offense has had the most impact on (Auburn) getting into the picture for me."

Gabe McKenzie

While Auburn has come on strong throughout the football season for McKenzie, the one school that has been there since the beginning is Miami. With a strong history of sending tight ends to the NFL such as Bubba Franks, Jeremy Shockey and most recently Kellen Winslow, McKenzie says that the Hurricanes are a team to look at as a tight end. "They have the best tight ends in the NFL right now," he says.

McKenzie has official visits set to Alabama on Jan. 7, Auburn on Jan. 14 and Miami on Jan. 21. He says that in all likelihood those will be the only three visits he takes before making his decision. McKenzie is currently playing power forward for Davidson and they are off to a 6-5 start.

Playing strictly offense in 2003, McKenzie had 26 receptions for 367 yards and 14 touchdowns as a junior. Splitting time between tight end and defensive end as a senior, he had just 15 catches for 200 yards and three touchdowns as Davidson concentrated more on running the football behind a physical offensive line.

Despite his busy schedule on the hardwood he says that he plans to hold off on his final decision until signing day. Until then there will be some long nights ahead of him as he tries to deal with the increasing pressure of being one of Alabama's top prospects.


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