Mom Makes UCLA Pitch to McKenzie

The Concord (Calif.) De La Salle defensive tackle, Kahlil McKenzie, said his mom, a UCLA alum, talks up her alma mater to her five-star son...

Concord (Calif.) De La Salle defensive tackle Kahlil McKenzie (6-4, 330), gets plenty of mail from schools all over the country.

But when a piece from UCLA comes, his mother, a UCLA alum, tends to put that near the top of the heap. She does it to counter his father, former Tennessee player Reggie McKenzie whenever the Vols write.

"My dad will put in for Tennessee whenever he sees a letter and my mom will do the same whenever she sees one from UCLA," said McKenzie. "She'll be like, ‘This is a great letter right here from a great college.' She's always throwing it out there."

But despite both of his parent's alma maters making a push for him, they're letting the five-star make his down decision.

"They drop the hints in for their schools but, ultimately, they want me to play where I want to play," said McKenzie.

McKenzie visited both of those schools in April in back-to-back trips, visiting UCLA before heading to Knoxville to see Tennessee.

"UCLA was a good trip and I had a good time," said McKenzie. "Coach Angus (McClure) is the main one recruiting me but I talk to Coach (Jim) Mora too."

McClure and UCLA Defensive Coordinator, Jeff Ulbrich, too were just by the De La Salle campus last week.

When McKenzie named a top five recently, he said it wasn't a final five for him.

"It was more my top five at the moment but really it was a top 12," said McKenzie. "Those five were just standing out though."

And it was a mixture of schools across the country.

"Those top five are USC, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, Tennessee and Arizona. But I'm still definitely considering Alabama, Notre Dame, Oho State, UCLA, Oregon, Florida and Miami," said McKenzie.

McKenzie was dominant at the Oakland NFTC, earning DL MVP honors and an invitation to The Opening in July.

Its been a constant them of taking over since he moved from Wisconsin.

"I like the football out here," said McKenzie. "Every week you're going against top competition. It's not like Wisconsin. Here, its competition every week. Every week we'll go through it and the competition is fierce."

McKenzie weighed in at 330, but didn't look bad at all and said he plans to play the season even lighter.

"I played last year anywhere between 309 and 316," said McKenzie. "Those De La Salle workouts, though, will get you right."

McKenzie said he's done with unofficial visits for now, after taking a slew of them during the spring.

A decision isn't likely to come until February.

"I'm looking to announce on Signing Day after I take my trips," said McKenzie.


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