Dog Days of Summer

2011 prospect Dylan McKenzie is using the most of his summer to prepare his team for the season.

Some call the long, hot hours throughout the summer the “dog days of summer.” For high school football players, that is exactly what it is.

Dylan McKenzie, the 6’ 250 pound do-it-all linemen for the Parkville Knights, has been rallying his teams for the upcoming the season. “I’ve just been trying to get my team together,” he said in true leadership fashion. “We got to get ready f or the fall.

He keeps his hopes high that can lead his Knights to a winning season, and in doing so, he can impress the coaches for the Maryland Terrapins in the process.

While it has been about two weeks since McKenzie has been in touch with the Maryland coaching staff, he has been receiving e-mails and letters from them. He also hopes to visit the campus one more time before school begins. However, he has yet to receive an offer from the school.

“I really want to develop a closer relationship with all the coaches,” McKenzie said of his expectations for his next visit to College Park.

Maryland is looking at McKenzie as a defensive line prospect, and they sit atop of McKenzie’s college football wish list. That list, according to McKenzie, also follows as Towson, Rutgers and Pittsburgh. In comparison to his March version of the list, Delaware State seems to have fallen out.

But while McKenzie named Towson as the program that has been most aggressive during his recruitment process, Maryland is the best fit for his future.

McKenzie would like to find a program that matches his criteria, which includes a good education, football and a family-like atmosphere among his teammates. He feels that Maryland combines all three aspects in their football program.

And despite the Terps suffering their worst season under Ralph Friedgen’s reign as head coach, McKenzie feels he can contribute to the turnaround of the program.

McKenzie said he can bring “hard work” to the program, and that helping Maryland return to top of the ACC would be “the greatest feeling in the world.”

Following McKenzie’s senior season, he hopes to have his highlight tape do all the talking. However, he does not mind waiting until signing day, Feb. 2, 2011, to sign.

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