UA Game: Isaiah McKenzie

ORLANDO - Wide receiver Isaiah McKenzie of Plantation (Fla.) American Heritage gives the latest on where he stands with Notre Dame, what his expectations are for the future, and what day one of practice was like at the Under Armour All-America game.

Slot wide receiver Isaiah McKenzie of Plantation (Fla.) American Heritage considers himself a Notre Dame commit. But, until he can bring home the necessary SAT score, the Irish are forced to leave "JoyStick" (nicknamed for his video game-like moves) off the official list of Notre Dame recruits for the 2014 haul.

Sunday, the first day of practice at the Under Armour All-America Game, McKenzie demonstrated his elite quickness, speed and energy.

"It went great," McKenzie said. "I got a lot of playing time and got reps as the starting wide receiver for the green team. "

"The best player I went up against today was No. 20 (Oregon commit Arrion Springs) on the green team," McKenzie said. "He was their starting corner and was really good with his coverage. The best guy on the offense was [Florida running back commit] Dalvin Cook. He caught the ball really well, got open a lot and everything. He did what he's been doing all season. I'm playing on his team, but that still pushes me to be better. I want to be the best on our team."

Asked to identify his strengths and weaknesses, McKenzie didn't hesitate.

"I bring energy," McKenzie said. "That's what I do. I make plays and always work hard. I think I can run better routes That's what the coaches were instructing me on today, especially my longer routes."

McKenzie will find out in January how he fared on the SAT he took in December.

"I'm still committed to Notre Dame," McKenzie said. "That's how I'm thinking. I find out sometime in January about my test scores. I'm still considering Rutgers and West Virginia if not."

McKenzie is no stranger to adversity off the field, and he hopes Notre Dame will give him a chance at a set of new opportunities.

"I like Notre Dame a lot," McKenzie said. "I've always liked them. If I didn't, I wouldn't be, you know, hanging on this long to go there. It would just be a great place for my future."

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