Defensive tackle Kahlil McKenzie (6'4/330) of De La Salle High School in Concord, Calif. was recently named the No. 1 prospect in the West in a particularly strong Class of 2015. McKenzie played the 2013 season for one of the most storied and successful programs in the country in De La Salle, and he led them to a No. 6 final ranking in the Scout Top 50 last year.
Watching McKenzie on the field, it's easy to see why he was elevated to the No. 1 position in the West after a strong junior season and continuing his good work on the camp circuit this spring. When trying to find the area of his game that needs the most work, it's hard to come up with one. In all of the major categories that are used to judge an interior line prospect, McKenzie is a plus. Rather than say what he needs to improve, let's just say if he continues doing what he does well, he's going to be playing football for a very, very long time.
McKenzie checked in at the Nike Camp in Oakland at 6'4 and 330 pounds, up a few pounds from his junior season, but it didn't stop him from dominating the camp that is based on quickness since there are no pads.
On the field, where it counts, McKenzie is absolutely dominant in so many ways. He's flexible, so he gets and stays low coming out of his stance. He has tremendously quick hands, which allows him to establish the advantage over his blocker right away by pushing him back on his heels. He's strong as an ox, capable of taking on two blockers and moving them backwards. What separates good from elite is his change of direction, agility and balance. There are big, strong guys all over the country, but few of them can burst into the backfield, make a 90 degree turn and chase down a quarterback or running back. Watching move laterally is astonishing. He takes angles across the line of scrimmage when chasing a play going away from him like a linebacker.
McKenzie is currently the No. 1 prospect in the West. He's a 5-Star defensive tackle prospect, and he's under heavy consideration for the No. 1 overall position in the Scout 300. I've stated several times this year that I haven't seen a true No. 1 in the Class of 2015 yet, but Kahlil McKenzie certainly has the look of the No. 1 prospect in the country, not just the West. The next major shakeup at the top of the Scout 300 will come after The Opening in July, and we'll be keeping a very close eye on McKenzie and the rest of the nation's best.
DL Kahlil McKenzie Junior Highlights
A New No. 1 in the West
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