Coach Spotlight: Jaborian McKenzie
"Tip's a remarkable athlete and also a great kid," Coach King said of his star player. "Last year we had a good team, but he really put us over the top to go undefeated and win state. We used him on both sides of the ball and on special teams."
At wide receiver, McKenzie averaged a startling 29.9 yards per catch with 35 receptions for 1,046 yards and 16 touchdowns. When they put him in the backfield at running back or in the Wildcat he had 78 carries for 697 for an average of 8.9 yards-per-carry with eight touchdowns.
McKenzie even showed off his versatility by throwing three touchdown passes. On special teams, he had two punt returns and two kickoff returns for touchdowns. In the secondary, McKenzie had six interceptions, three of which were returned for touchdowns. He made 66 tackles, eight pass breakups, and forced a fumble.
"I think Vanderbilt is going to put him at the slot and will be able to do a lot of different things with his breakaway speed," said King. "Tip's an elusive player after the catch and can weave his way and get you extra yards or shake loose and take it to the house. He also has great hands and doesn't drop many balls."
Recruited by wide receivers coach Chris Beatty, slot receiver would probably make the most sense, but the staff could possible use him at cornerback, running back, or add his big-play ability to the special teams unit. Coach King just knows the school is getting a great young man.
"Tip hasn't let any of the recruiting attention get to his head," King explained. "He's an unselfish teammate and has always been that way since he came in last year.
"Vanderbilt did a great job recruiting him. He has several offers, but liked the idea of going to one of the best academic schools in the nation and playing receiver in the SEC."
McKenzie played in the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools (MAIS) All-Star game at Mississippi College in Clinton after the season. During the winter he's playing with the varsity basketball team.
Before moving to Natchez to live with their father Shedrick, Tip and younger brother, Trae, played at Wilkinson County Christian Academy in Woodale, Miss. McKenzie made an immediate impact at his new school. He scored the game's first touchdown on a 73-yard punt return to set the tone in the 46-14 route in the 2010 state championship game against Tri-County Academy.
Although committed since June, Jaborian McKenzie has not taken his official visit to Vanderbilt. Coach King says he will do so the weekend of January 20th.
VandyMania.com Top Stories
SIX PACK SEC FOOTBALL PICKSSEC football enters its fifth week of action. Look inside for this week's game picks by the VandyMania six.
VandyMania.comYesterday at 5:12 PM
Arizona Forward: Vandy is a great schoolMajok Deng is one of the West Coast's top prospects in 2019 and will soon find himself ranked by Scout. The Tucson wing has overcome serious adversity to get there.
Scout HoopsYesterday at 12:52 PM
HEAD TO HEAD: VANDERBILT VS. FLORIDAVanderbilt hosts a solid Florida team on Saturday at Vanderbilt Stadium. VandyMania.com football analyst Nate Yates evaluates the two teams in several key categories and makes a…
VandyMania.comYesterday at 8:39 AM
Scout Florida's take on VanderbiltFightinGators.com takes a look at Florida's opponent, Vanderbilt. What should the Gators expect?
Fightin GatorsYesterday at 7:59 AM