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Gabe McKenzie has been at the top of the recruiting charts ever since the beginning of the season. He's done nothing to change that. "Everything's been going great," McKenzie said.

"The season went well and I think I was able to prove to some people that I can catch the football pretty well."

The talented tight end prospect, 6-3 and 215 pounds, has narrowed his list of college favorites down to three.

"I went to Alabama last week and had a real good time," he said. "I already knew a lot about the program and stuff but I had a chance to talk a lot with Coach Shula and some of the players. Alabama's tight. They told me what I wanted to hear. They really like me and I think I could help them out."

Despite the excitement over his visit to Bama, the talented tight end says two other schools are still out in front.

"Even after that visit, I still have Auburn and Miami out in front," he said. "Those are my next two visits so I'll be able to compare them pretty well, I think. Auburn's first, then Miami."

McKenzie talked about each of his favorites.

"Auburn told me I can come in there, gain some weight, and be a real weapon early on," he said. "I like the sound of that. They are coming off a real successful season and they got things going in the right direction."

Don't pencil him in as a Tiger just yet. That's because the Hurricanes will get last crack.

"Man, that's Miami," he said. "What else can you say? When it comes to producing tight ends, does it really get any better? Shockey, Winslow, Bubba Franks, all those guys. They just train them better than anyone else. Whenever they tell you that you can be part of something like that, you better listen up. I dont know much about the school and everything. That's why my visit will be so important to me."

McKenzie said the commitment of 5-star tight end DajLeon Farr wont matter to him.

"If you're going to Miami, you better be bringing your best," he said. "If you aint ready to compete with the best, forget about it. It's not just him, but they have a great young tight end (Greg Olsen). But I know I can go in there, put on some weight, and start making an impact. All those guys have the size and speed that everyone wants in a tight end."

McKenzie, a full academic qualifier, said he's not sure what it'll take to separate his two favorites.

"It could go either way," he said. "I know more about Auburn. Miami's tight end tradition is more impressive. I guess it'll all come down to what I see on my visits and how comfortable I feel at both places."

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