Playing the waiting game
Even though he didn't reach the end zone, Isaiah McKenzie used his elite burst of speed and vision to do what he was known for all season: return a kickoff 75 yards on Thursday at the Under Armour All-America game. In the first half, however, McKenzie botched a punt return that led to a turnover. He spoke about his ability to overcome adversity. "I don't let negativity affect me on the field," McKenzie said. "I just come back and play the next play. I put that play behind me because I know that's not something that usually happens." McKenzie hopes to sign his national letter of intent with Notre Dame, but whether or not he will qualify still remains a question. The 5-foot-8, 160-pound wide out spoke more in-depth after the game about his immediate future. "They (Notre Dame) want to see my transcripts, so they can see if it matches my test score," McKenzie said. "I guess they have my test scores, so when I get back to school after Christmas break, I will send them my transcripts so they can match it, and then I will find out if I (qualify)." McKenzie is contemplating a visit to Rutgers at the end of January, but nothing is finalized. He's also receiving interest from Florida, Tennessee and Wake Forest. McKenzie has handled the recruiting process with honest intentions and a positive attitude, and his approach on the field is no different. "Yesterday, I was kind of down because I didn't start," McKenzie said. "But, you know what, I decided to come out here and have fun. And, that's what I did."
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