4-star OL Jalen McKenzie Healthy, Ready for Spring

Mar. 18 -- Concord (Calif.) Clayton Valley four-star offensive lineman Jalen McKenzie is fully healthy and ready for spring...

Concord (Calif.) Clayton Valley offensive tackle Jalen McKenzie (6-6, 290), is no stranger to the recruiting process.

His older brother, Kahlil McKenzie, was the No. 1 ranked prospect on Scout in the 2015 class and is a defensive lineman at Tennessee.


And his father also played at Tennessee years ago.

For the younger McKenzie, he knows what the process is like, what the pressure and expectations are like.

But he watched it closely when Kahlil went through it and is prepared for the rigors of it.

In fact, McKenzie has focused more on recovering from a knee injury he suffered the second play of the first game of his junior season.

Now fully cleared, McKenzie can start turning his attention to recruiting more.

"My knee is good, it feels really good, I'm able to sprint, run and jump," said McKenzie.  "I'm ready to work out in the spring and have schools come to look at me."

McKenzie has offers from MiamiUCLAGeorgia SouthernHawaiiWashington State and Oregon State," said McKenzie.  "And Tennessee is looking to offer."

UCLA is where his mom went to school and the Bruins have made a big impression on him.

"I really do like UCLA, they have great academics and Coach Angus (McClure) is who is recruiting me and who offered me," said McKenzie.  "They are definitely in my top five."

McKenzie's top five includes USC, Michigan, LSU and Tennessee and he's confident offers will come from them this spring.

"Coaches just said they want to see me workout this spring and move and more schools are looking to offer me," said McKenzie.  "I feel really good and I'm ready to show what I can do."

McKenzie plays right tackle for Clayton Valley and said he'll play that again this fall but can make the move to left tackle in college.

He took a number of unofficial visits when Kahlil was being recruited so he's seen a lot of schools and he's also up to speed on what the process is like.

"I'm going to take visits to UCLA and USC then LSU and Stanford, I'll camp with, then I'll probably go back and visit Tennessee again and Oregon State," said McKenzie.  "Having watched it with Kahlil, I saw first hand how it goes and it's good knowing the tricks of the trade."

He's also not a slam dunk for the Vols if they offer, despite the family history.

"I'm looking at it a little differently than Kahlil did," said McKenzie.  "I may want to make a name for myself somewhere else."

McKenzie will be back at The Opening Oakland regional, where he earned all-underclass honors last spring.

Academically, he has a 3.1 GPA and will take the SAT in April and the ACT in May.

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