Decision Day For McKenzie

Shai McKenzie took official visits to Florida State, Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech and Pittsburgh. He is expected to be choosing between the Ramblin Wreck and the Panthers.

Decision day is here for four-star running back Shai McKenzie.

Despite missing the majority of his senior season with a knee injury, McKenzie never saw his interest diminish. He took official visits to Florida State (November 2), Pittsburgh (December 6), Georgia Tech (December 13), and Virginia Tech (November 15).

He is expected to choose between Georgia Tech and Pittsburgh. He has family in the Atlanta area, a big draw. For Pittsburgh, it's the idea of playing for his hometown school.

This will be a quick turnaround for McKenzie as well. The first day for mid-year enrollees to sign was Wednesday. He has completed all of his high school requirements, and be able to formally graduate as early as next week. Both Pitt and Georgia Tech open classes for the spring on January 6.

Interestingly, after his knee surgery earlier in the fall, he did his physical therapy and rehab at the UPMC Sports Performance facility, adjacent to Pitt's indoor practice facility and football building.

As a junior, McKenzie rushed for over 2,700 yards and 42 touchdowns, averaging over 12 yards a carry. He earned first-team all-conference and all-state honors, helping his team to a 12-1 record.

McKenzie was hurt during his fourth game of his senior season. He still finished with 650 yards rushing and 11 touchdowns, averaging 18.1 yards a carry.

His coach, Mike Bosnic, is a former Pitt offensive lineman (1997-2001).


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