McKenzie talks offers and plans

DeAnza WR Rodney McKenzie (6-3, 200) had a great freshman season and it was expected that he would be a huge reason why the Dons would continue to be a force in the Nor Cal Conference. However, he has made the decision to sit out this season, thus preserving a year of his eligibility, so thought we would get the scoop from him on that decision and also get an update on recruiting...

"My offers right now are from Kansas State and Illinois," McKenzie told "I've also been in contact with Kentucky and Arizona State, so things have been going pretty well."

As a freshman last fall, McKenzie was one of the top wideouts in the state, posting 43 yards for 849 yards and 10 touchdowns and said he's been working a lot this summer on his size and strength.

"My focus this offseason has been on getting bigger and stronger," McKenzie said. "Most people see me as a big receiver and I can use my body well and take a short ball and make a play that way, but I was probably at my best stretching the field and making plays down the field."

As far as making the decision to redshirt this fall, McKenzie said it wasn't an easy one, but in the long run he hopes it will pay off.

"I love it here at DeAnza, but I just felt like I needed to get stronger and I wanted to save a year of eligibility," McKenzie noted. "This will allow me to get stronger and also to concentrate on school."

As far as him getting his degree, McKenzie said he's currently on pace to finish up in May and he will have three years to play three following the 2013 football season.

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