Perfect Homecoming for McKenzie

Returning back to the state where he played his first two years of high school football, Concord (CA) De La Salle junior defensive tackle Kahlil McKenzie experienced a great Badgers visit and picked up a Wisconsin offer in the process.

Although he plays high school football at powerful Concord (CA) De La Salle, defensive tackle Kahlil McKenzie still considers Wisconsin home. Playing his first two years of high school at Green Bay Southwest before moving to Oakland (his dad, Reggie McKenzie, is the general manager of the Raiders), McKenzie was understandably excited to take an unofficial visit to Wisconsin.

Therefore it was only fitting that McKenzie received his third scholarship offer on Homecoming weekend.

"The visit was great," McKenzie told BadgerNation. "I toured the football facilities, talked to Coach Andersen and Coach Kauha'aha'a. I also toured the campus and met with the academic advisors.

"The coaches just told me about how excited they were to have me there and how fired up they are about these upcoming years. I found out about the Wisconsin offer when Coach Andersen told me and I was fired up. I was very excited when I got the news."

The 6-4 McKenzie now holds offers from Arizona State, Ole Miss and Washington, but heard all about how special the Wisconsin program was from committed offensive lineman Jaden Gault.

"He was all fired up and excited to have me there," said McKenzie. "Everyone was very relaxed and everybody was just having a good time."

Although McKenzie says Wisconsin is a dream offer, he never considered making a snap decision by committing.

"I don't know where else I will be visiting this fall," said McKenzie, who is also getting interest from Arkansas, California, Oklahoma and Washington State. "I will try and figure all that out once the season is over. It is still early in my recruitment."

Overall, the Badgers got the stamp of approval from McKenzie on this memorable visit.

"The Wisconsin fans were awesome," said McKenzie. "The stadium was rocking and definitely my favorite part was the student section going crazy and chanting for future Badgers."


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