New Post 4-Star WR Very High on UM

Jermaine McKenzie is one of the top wide receiver prospects in the state of Florida this year and the Bradenton Prep Academy standout talked about the latest.

"Things are going good," McKenzie said. "We finished our first year at 6-5 so we laid a solid foundation. I didn't play wide receiver too much because of the offense we run. I was playing flanker and wingback most of the time. I had 27 carries for 344 yards and four touchdowns. I also had 17 catches for 350 yards and 500 yards on punt returns. On defense, I had 47 tackles and three picks at free safety."

McKenzie, 6-foot-2 and 170 pounds, is now working with a personal trainer as he's preparing for track season and his future in college. Once a solid commitment to Alabama, McKenzie has opened things up some.

"I'm still committed but I'm starting to look at other options -- open things up," he said. "After the news about Coach Shula broke, Miami and Ole Miss were the first to jump on me right away."

McKenzie said he plans on setting up visits with both programs.

"Ive been to Alabama and I'll be going to Miami and Ole Miss in January," he said. "Those are the only two I know for sure. Coach Mosely from Miami called and he said it's up to the athletic director on whether or not to honor any commitments they get while they don't have a coach. I'm really considering them strongly. It's a good program that hit a bumpy road a little bit. They always have a balanced offense."

McKenzie is playing the waiting game to see which coaches get hired by the Crimson Tide and Hurricanes.

"The rumors are saying Rich Rodriguez might get the Alabama job and I don't think I fit into his type of offense," he said. "With Miami, they're in and wait and see process as well. It'll be an interesting couple of weeks coming up, that's for sure."

The talented receiver received an in-home visit from Alabama coaches last week and plans to meet with Miami this week.

"Alabama came on Thursday," he said. "Miami's coming this week. They talked about maybe doing a package deal with me and (my brother) Tremaine. We're both meeting with Miami this week."

McKenzie carries a 3.3 GPA and has scored a 15 on the ACT, which he plans on re-taking.

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