McKenzie set for Notre Dame visit

Athlete Isaiah McKenzie of Plantation (Fla.) American Heritage previews this week's visit to Notre Dame, including if a commitment is on the horizon and what he thinks about the possibility of gaining a Notre Dame offer.

Athlete Isaiah McKenzie of Plantation (Fla.) American Heritage was set to commit this spring between two finalists of Kentucky and West Virginia. Since then, McKenzie has seen Notre Dame express heavy interest.

"[Notre Dame running backs] Coach (Tony) Alford likes how I play," McKenzie said. "He really likes me as a return man and likes me more on offense than defense right now. Coach Alford has really wanted me to get up there for a visit. He told me he could guarantee an offer, but he wanted the head coach to see me in person first."

McKenzie will travel to South Bend tomorrow (Tuesday) for a week-long visit. He'll be accompanied by Irish linebacker signee and high school teammate Michael Deeb.

"Notre Dame is a good place," McKenzie said. "The education speaks for itself and they have a great coaching staff. I also hear they have a really nice campus. I'm excited to check it out and hopefully get that offer I've really wanted."

If McKenzie does pick up that wanted offer, could he commit during his visit?

"That would be kind of hard, I really don't know yet," McKenzie said. "That would probably make them my leader. I hope to decide by the middle of summer or the beginning of fall if I don't do it sooner than that. I don't have any other visits set up right now."

When McKenzie does make the final decision, one factor will weigh above the rest.

"Academics will be first, obviously," McKenzie said. "Then I'll see how I fit in with the coaching staff and if I like the environment."

West Virginia is recruiting McKenzie as a wide receiver and Kentucky is recruiting him as cornerback. McKenzie says he has no preference between the two. He was most recently timed in the 40-yard dash at 4.42 seconds and is ranked as a three-star prospect by Top Stories