The 6-3, 215-pounder is considered one of the top players in the state of Alabama and one of the top tight ends in the country. He chose the Tigers over Miami (Fla.), Alabama, LSU, Florida and dozens of other schools. He visited Auburn last weekend and was scheduled to visit Miami this coming weekend, but now he says he's done visiting and is solid with the Tigers.
"I like the players and how close they are," he says. "I like the fans and how they get into the games. It is a close school and it is the best for me. I know I made the right decision."
McKenzie made 26 catches for 367 yards and 14 touchdowns as a junior. Running the ball more his senior season, the offense didn't get him the ball as much but he still managed 15 catches for 200 yards and three touchdowns while also seeing some time at defensive end. He earned All-State honors as a senior in Class 6A.
McKenzie becomes Auburn's 17th public verbal commitment joining fellow Mobile natives Sen'derrick Marks from Vigor and Antonio Coleman from Williamson as the latest to join the Tigers. The others are defensive lineman Rudy Odum from Fontainebleau, La., defensive lineman Brian West from Beaumont, Tex., defensive back Jerraud Powers from Decatur, defensive back Aairon Savage from Albany, Ga., linebacker Tray Blackmon from LaGrange, Ga., linebacker Ryan Stamper from Jacksonville, Fla., linebacker Patrick Trahan from New Orleans, linebacker Rex Sharpe from Fairfield, offensive lineman Oscar Gonzalez from Miami, Fla., offensive lineman Michael Harness from Columbus, Ga., tight end Andrew McCain from Birmingham, wide receiver Montez Billings from Pelham, defensive end Alonzo Horton from New Orleans and wide receiver Prechae Rodriguez from Coffeyville Community College in Kansas.
He is the third verbal commitment to the Tigers this week from the Mobile area joining defensive end Coleman and defensive lineman Marks. All three of those players visited AU this past weekend and discussed the possibilities of playing together at Auburn.