McKenzie Has In-State Favorite

Bryson McKenzie from Timpview High School has a local favorite in mind that he hopes to play for after high school. Since his offer from BYU, he's been receiving a lot of attention from programs in the Pac-10, Big 12 and elsewhere. TBS caught up with him to learn of where he's at with his recruitment and which school is his favorite as he heads into the summer and the intense recruiting period.

"Utah is my favorite school," said Bryson McKenzie. "They've always been my favorite and the school I want to play for most."

McKenzie is a 6-foot, 215-pound running back prospect from Timpview High School just minutes away from BYU. He has battled through injuries the past two years and BYU remains his only offer to this date, but he's been receiving a whole lot of attention from some other programs including his favorite, Utah.

"I'm hearing mostly from schools like Oregon and Nebraska," he informed. "I'm also getting a lot of letters from Washington, Oregon, UCLA, Notre Dame and Illinois."

McKenzie is interested in all the schools currently recruiting in him and has taken particular interest in UCLA. His interest in UCLA stems from what his former teammate Xavier Su'a-Filo has told him.

"He loves it there and talks to me all the time about going there," McKenzie said about Su'a-Filo's recruiting efforts. "I want to go out there and see them up close to find out more about them. I want to find out more about all the schools that are recruiting me and I hope to get more offers here soon."

The one offer he wants most is an offer from Utah.

"They've just always been my favorite school," he explained. "I love how they play football and it's the school where I've always wanted to play more than any other."

In previous articles, McKenzie has expressed a lot of interest in BYU. His good friend Anthony Heimuli signed with BYU two years ago, and McKenzie admitted that playing with his good friend is still a draw.

"I love Anthony and he bugs me about liking Utah, but we'll see," McKenzie said. "I still like BYU. I just really want to play for Utah and I hope they offer here soon."

McKenzie plans to stay busy with attending camps while taking a closer look at the schools that are recruiting him this summer. While his recruitment is bound to heat up, he doesn't plan on committing to any particular school until December at the earliest.

"I want to wait until I'm done playing my senior year until I decide," he said. "I want to see what offers I get and go from there."

McKenzie is hopeful that with being fully healthy for the first time in a while he'll be able to stand out at summer camps and combines and capture some more attention heading into his senior season. TBS will keep up with McKenzie and his progress throughout the coming year, as he looks to be one of the bigger in-state recruits for 2011.

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