McKenzie: ‘good’ U-M camp experience

Is four-star 2017 OT Jalen McKenzie interested in Michigan?

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Concord (Calif.) Clayton Valley 2017 offensive Tackle Jalen McKenzie was one of many talented participants at Michigan's satellite camp held in northern California last week.

In fact, McKenzie, who is being courted by the Wolverines heavily, says his overall camp stay was a positive experience and had “a lot fun” with U-M’s coaching staff.

“It was really good,” he said. “We had a lot of fun out here. It was a good camp. I liked the atmosphere. The coaches were really cool.”

“It was about learning with the coaches and learning technique,” he said of his camp experience. “I learned a lot of new stuff, new stuff that they do at Michigan. I learned some stuff that works in college, with college D-lineman. It was really a lot of good knowledge.”

The 6-foot-6, 305-pounder also raved about his time with U-M offensive line coach Tim Drevno.

“He is a cool coach,” he said of Drevno. “He is really cool. He is really a player guy, he knows what he is talking about. It was good, it was a nice experience.”

With his relationship building with Michigan, is McKenzie even considering the Wolverines in his recruitment?

“I’ve had a whole lot of contact (with Michigan),” he said. “I like (them) a lot. I like the school a lot. I like where they are going. Jim Harbaugh is a great coach, he’s a player coach. I hear a lot of good things about him. My dad told me good thing about him. So I like (U-M) a lot.”

Adding: “I am thinking about taking a visit there sometime soon, probably as an official (visit) if I can. … I’m pretty sure if I get a chance I’m going to visit Michigan.”

Currently, McKenzie has double digit offers, but was quick to add that UCLA, Arizona State and Miami (Fla.) are three other programs sticking out right now in his recruitment.

Tennessee, who has also offered McKenzie, is also where his brother, sophomore DT Khalil McKenzie, plays. But even though his brother suits up for UT, McKenzie says that won’t play too much into his final decision.

“It’s a big consideration, but I wouldn’t just choose a school just because my brother goes there,” McKenzie said. “My brother wouldn’t even want me to do that. It doesn’t weigh that much on the decision. But it’s certainly attractive.”

As of right now, McKenzie says his plan is announce his commitment on national signing day.

“Biggest factors are going to be what is going to be the best for me,” he said. “What direction is the program going in, and the city I am going to be living in. That’s going to be the biggest factors for me.”

McKenzie noted distance will not play a factor in his decision. 

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