Jalen McKenzie (Brandon Huffman)

4-star OT Jalen McKenzie Still In No Rush

Oct. 28 -- Concord (Calif.) Clayton Valley four-star offensive tackle Jalen McKenzie is still in no hurry to make a decision but more schools are watching him closely...

Concord (Calif.) Clayton Valley offensive tackle Jalen McKenzie (6-6, 290), has made a triumphant return to the field.

After missing all of his junior year with a knee injury, the four-star is back this fall and feeling great.

"My knee feels great and exactly like the other knee and I have had no problem with it at all this season," said McKenzie.

McKenzie had a host of offers, with offers from Arizona State and UCLA the ones standing out to him, but more schools said they wanted to watch his return before offering.

"They are all reviewing my tape right now and they like it a lot," said McKenzie.

Those schools include Michigan, which he camped with during the satellite camp tour, LSUOregonTennessee and USC.

"And I'm hearing from Washington a bit," said McKenzie.

McKenzie said that the Sun Devils and Bruins continue to be on him and he's hoping to take official visits to each.

"Coach (Adrian) Klemm at UCLA is the main one recruiting me," said McKenzie, whose mom went to UCLA.

And his OL counterpart at ASU is also on him.

"Coach (Chris) Thomsen at Arizona State is recruiting me pretty hard," said McKenzie.

McKenzie wants to get out on visits and plans to do that at the end of the season.

"I plan to take them all in late December or in January," said McKenzie.

As for which school that hasn't offered that he thinks could be the closest?

"Tennessee or Michigan," said McKenzie.

The Vols have plenty of ties with McKenzie- his father, uncle and older brother all played or are currently playing for Tennessee.  But he insists that doesn't seal the deal if the Vols offer.

"Tennessee is great, but that's not a big factor," said McKenzie.

McKenzie said that as of now, he doesn't have a time frame set for a decision.


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