WPIAL Media Day Recruiting Notes

PITTSBURGH -- WPIAL media day was at Heinz Field and FOXSportsNEXT has updates on four-star prospects Shai McKenzie and Alex Bookser, as well as a few other tidbits from the day.

A few recruiting notes from the WPIAL media day at Heinz Field.

  • Washington (Pa.) High four-star running back Shai McKenzie made a visit to Virginia Tech over the weekend, and he will be at Pittsburgh on Friday.

    "Virginia Tech was real good," McKenzie said. "It's a football town. The people are real nice. I have a good relationship with the coaches, so I'm going to keep in touch with the coaches. I was only there for a one day, and I had a good time.

    "I think I'm going to make it down (to Pitt) Friday, basically get a feel for the campus more, get a feel for the coaches, hang out with the players."

    McKenzie added he plans on attending Pittsburgh's Sept. 2 season opener against Florida State. Those programs are his top two, followed by Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech and Arkansas, which he plans to visit later this month.

  • Mt. Lebanon (Pa.) High four-star offensive tackle Alex Bookser has nearly three dozen offers, but seven are standing out. He said his favorites, which are subject to change, are Pittsburgh, Penn State, Ohio State, Virginia, Michigan State, Tennessee and Northwestern.

    "I really like what the coaches have to say, what the programs have to offer," Bookser said.

    He also offered his thoughts on a few of the schools closest to his home, beginning with Pittsburgh.

    "Pitt was my first offer, so that meant a lot to me that they put a lot of faith in me that early," Bookser said. "The coaching staff is probably the greatest group of guys. They're guys you want to play for, help build the tradition."

    Bookser recently visited Penn State, and he enjoyed the coaching staff there as well.

    "I love the coaching staff," he said. "I love it up there. (Offensive line) coach Mac (McWhorter) knows what he's talking about. I've been up there a couple times. The atmosphere is incredible. I've had a chance to talk to a lot of the guys who have committed there."

    Bookser also recently visited Ohio State, another program he knows well.

    "I've been up there a couple times," he said. "I know if I go up there, they're going to work me. I was just up there this weekend, and I met the assistant strength coach. You know you have a shot at a national championship every year."

  • Class of 2015 cornerback Jordan Whitehead of Central Valley High (Monaca, Pa.) holds offers from Penn State, Pittsburgh, Rutgers and West Virginia, and he is hearing plenty from Ohio State.

    The 5-foot-11, 175-pound Whitehead visited each of the aforementioned schools this summer, sans Rutgers, and said he has a good relationship with Pitt receivers coach Bobby Engram.

  • Nate Stone, a linebacker at Greensburg (Pa.) Central Catholic, camped at Princeton and Villanova most recently. He has offers from Penn, Princeton, Cornell, Robert Morris, Duquesne.

  • Jake Switzer, a tight end from Belle Vernon (Pa.) High, has offers from Penn and Davidson. He is hearing from each of the Ivy League schools except Brown.

    Edited by Brian Dohn

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