Lukas McKenzie will be Running with the Pack

Nevada’s head football coach Brian Polian has said that he and his staff want to find and recruit players that they call, “OKG’s” or “Our kind of guys”. Nevada's first two verbal commitments of the 2016 class are both locals. Lukas McKenzie (Reno HS) is one of those local products who recently gave a verbal commitment to play for the University of Nevada.

McKenzie 6’3” 190lbs is rated as a Safety/Athlete and contributed to his high school on both sides of the ball. At the next level McKenzie will most likely stick to just playing defense.

Nevada talked to me about playing both outside linebacker and safety because of my size. I could fit both positions. They mentioned me fitting into their defense as a nickel back.”

McKenzie is a tough player who looks for contact no matter what side of the ball he is on. He has a strong motor and is consistent. McKenzie doesn’t give up on the play and shows little problem running down a ball carrier who gets into open space. He can be disruptive in the passing game, either putting pressure on the quarterback or just swatting their passes down.

“My favorite aspect of the game is to be as violent as possible. I look for contact and love to hit but can also play well in space getting off blocks or making an open field tackle. Every (Nevada) coach liked my physical play. They took notice of my ability to hit and make plays.”

When asked about his recruiting experience so far and his scholarship offer from Nevada, McKenzie was high on the Wolf Pack.

"The recruiting process has been fun. Ever since I was little my dream was to play college football and now it’s coming so fast. Last Friday during our football teams weights, Coach Bradeson called my head football coach Dan Avansino and asked if I could drive up to meet the coaches right now. I drove up there and talked with coach Bradeson for about five minutes and then Polian walked into the room and offered me right after I shook his hand and he introduced himself. This was the first time I’ve been in contact with Coach Polian. I was lost for words and couldn’t explain the feeling. I met with all the other coaches and each one of them showed a lot of interest in keeping me home. An offer from Nevada is amazing. It’s not every day a local kid gets an offer to play for Nevada; usually it’s just as a preferred walk on. I’m going to take the recruiting process slow and not make any decisions for a while. Right now Nevada is my top school. My number one focus is getting myself and my team ready for the 2015 season.”

McKenzie is also seeing interest from San Diego State, Northern Arizona and Northern Colorado. The schools McKenzie is most interested in include Nevada, San Diego State, Boise State, Arizona and Arizona State. McKenzie will be visiting Boise State for junior day as well as attending camps at San Diego State.

With McKenzie, Nevada would be picking up a player who can pass rush and disrupt the pocket or come downfield and make plays against the running game. Either way they would be picking up a strong player and person. Their kind of guy.

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