"I really like it here," McKenzie said Saturday night following the Spartans big win over Anaheim (Calif.) Servite. "I had heard about De La Salle of course and I knew what a great program they were before I got here. I heard about the 151 game winning streak and the incredible winning tradition.
"It's funny I went to a game last year and I was expecting to see all these freak athletes running around and it's not like that. They rely on technique and are so fundamentally sound in how they play. I know I've already improved as a player since I've been here. We work on technique every day and I've gotten better in playing with better pad level and being more physical, that's what they stress."
At 6-foot-4 and 305-pounds, McKenzie was a load in the middle of the Spartan defensive line. He's a naturally strong athlete who moves around well and can take on a double team and still collapse the pocket. He's already good with his hands and as he continues to improve, he has a chance to be a very good player at the next level.
On the recruiting front, McKenzie has three offers on the table and is hearing from several other programs as well.
"Ole Miss, Washington and Arizona State have offered me," McKenzie said. "I'm also hearing from Wisconsin, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Washington State and California. Growing up, Wisconsin and Oklahoma were my favorite schools and the one I rooted for but I don't have a leader right now, I want to go through the recruiting process and play things out.
"Location really won't be that much of factor for me. I grew up in Wisconsin but I just want to find a place where I can bond with the coaching staff and where they'll push me to be the best player I can be. I want to live in a nice city and play for a strong football program where I'll be comfortable on and off the field."