McKenzie surprised by new attention

Things have really jumped up out of the blue for Isaiah McKenzie. The Plantation (Fla.) American Heritage electric jitterbug participated in the Under Armour All-American Game and the practices leading up to it and ended up putting on some kind of show almost every day. In the game he showed flashes of excellence as well and now his recruitment has started to move even though committed.

For Isaiah McKenzie, all of this new found attention is a surprise.

"I didn't expect it," McKenzie said this past weekend after the Under Armour week sank in. "I thought recruiting was over for me. It was kind of shocking.

For McKenzie, who is a dynamite athlete on offense, defense, or special teams. His commitment to Notre Dame is real and is where he still stands.

"It was the only visit I went on, so it was kind of interesting," McKenzie said of the Fighting Irish. "It is a great school and everything I wanted. I visited during the summer. I am still committed."

Ole Miss, Tennessee, Wake Forest, Rutgers, and Florida are the other schools really in hot pursuit of the speedy slot receiver.

He doesn't know a whole lot about the Ole Miss Rebels, but they offered a scholarship shortly after Florida did last week.

Tennessee saw all of the stuff happening with McKenzie during the UA week festivities and they got into the act.

"They came out of nowhere," he said of the Volunteers. "I didn't know they offered Wednesday night. I don't know much about them yet."

Rutgers has been on him quite a while.

"They offered me during the season," he said of the Scarlet Knights. "They think I can make some big plays up there."

Wake Forest has a new coaching staff and they too just got onto McKenzie with the new staff.

"I don't know much about the offense, but they need slot receivers bad," he said of the Demon Deacons.

The home state team Gators reached out to McKenzie last week and offered him a scholarship. He has talked to Travaris Robinson on Florida's staff a bit since that time.

"They like my speed, and the big plays I can make," he said of Florida. "I talked to them during the season, then they came back this week. I think they just saw all the stuff during the All-American week. All of the TV time I got.

"They have a new offensive coordinator and run a spread offense. That is good for me. I play in the slot and they could get me the ball more."

One of Florida's better recruiters in the class of 2014 is defensive back Quincy Wilson. A teammate of McKenzie during the All-American week, once he found out Florida was interested; he put on his recruiting cap. Wilson targeted one of the schools McKenzie was looking at.

"Quincy, one he found out I had an offer, he blew up my phone," McKenzie said. "He said, ‘(Tennessee is) at the bottom of the SEC every year. As bad as Florida was this year, they beat Tennessee. The Gators just had too many injuries.'

The Gators are hoping for a visit from McKenzie late in the month. As for now, that isn't set in stone.

"I have to see," he said of the visit to Florida. "I may visit on the 24th. I have two visits that schools want me to visit that weekend Florida and Rutgers. On the 17th I am going to Wake Forest. Nothing on the 31st, yet.

At the end of the day, he will pick a school based on how it feels to him. "I just want to see what the environment is like," he said.

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